Om klimatångest och framtidstro
: Gymnasieungdomars tankar om undervisning i hållbar utveckling

  • Per Fridberg

Student thesis: Master, one year


The world is facing the combined planetary threats of ecosystems function decline,
biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, and climate change. Education for sustainable
development is crucial to overcome these acute problems. This research study aims to provide
an overview and insight into how young people view climate issues and the teaching of the
same, in upper secondary school. A survey was answered by 82 students attending five
different programmes and a follow-up group interview was conducted with four randomly
selected students. In focus of the interview was the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
described by UN and the students’ experience of teaching of them and of climate issues, as
well as their suggestions for future teaching. The study showed that 60 percent of the students
were worried and hade negative thoughts when they were reminded (from newspapers and
TV) of the climate crises and the future. Furthermore, in a phenomenographic analysis of the
survey and interview, different what (content) and how (teaching arrangements) aspects of the
teaching of climate issues could be described. Students’ examples of experienced and
suggested teaching are mainly action-oriented, such as activities in the form of a school day of
picking trach on the schoolyard and turning the school kitchen to offer mostly vegetarian
meals. The paper also discusses different resources in Swedish schools and if changes perhaps
need to take place in the mind of teachers and principals rather than in the curriculum.
Date of Award2023-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorMaria Rosberg (Supervisor) & Lars-Erik Nilsson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Magisterprogram i utbildningsvetenskap

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)


  • Upper secondary school
  • climate change
  • climate anxiety
  • education
  • SSI

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