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Ida Lidegran

The Emergence and Consolidation of a Multidisciplinary Subject

Studies (in Swedish)


The Emergence and Consolidation of a Multidisciplinary Subject

Sustainable Development as a Course of Study
in Swedish Higher Education. A Study in the Sociology of Education

(Ett kunskapsomådes uppkomst och etablering: Hållbar utveckling som undervisningsämne inom svensk högre utbildning. En utbildningssociologisk studie)

Financed by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, U)
Period Jan 2011-Dec 2013.

Directed by Ida Lidegran, PhD in Sociology of Education, Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Education, EDU, SEC, Uppsala University.

    Associated Researchers



Ylva Bergström, PhD in Education, Senior Lecturer, EDU, Uppsala University.

Donald Broady, PhD in Education, Professor, EDU, Director of SEC, Uppsala University.

Mikael Börjesson, PhD in Education, Senior Lecturer, EDU, Codirector of SEC, Uppsala University.

Paul Fuehrer, PhD in Sociology, Researcher, EDU, Uppsala University.

Mona Mårtensson, Associate Professor in Sociology, Dept. of Sociology, Stockholm University.

Mikael Palme, PhD in Sociology of Education, Senior Lecturer, EDU, Uppsala University.

Johan Prytz, PhD in Didactics of Mathematics, Senior Lecturer, EDU, Uppsala University.

Associated Researchers



As Swedish higher education has expanded, it has become increasingly complex. As new seats of higher learning have been established and new social groups have entered, the repertoire of courses and programs has expanded dramatically. New programs for professional education have been launched, and specialization has proceeded apace. One of the most profound changes is the proliferation of multi- and transdisciplinary fields of study such as gender studies, educational sciences, and sustainable development. The latter will be in focus for this study. Sustainable development is a truly multidisciplinary field which straddles the natural sciences, technology, environmental studies and the social sciences. The rise of this field of study in higher education thus affords us a rare opportunity to study the boundaries of disciplines, the crossing of these boundaries, and the birth and establishment of a new subject area. Three major studies are planned: The first study focuses on the students in higher education programs in sustainable development and in related areas such as chemistry and biology. The second one examines instructors and scholars in the field, their educational and disciplinary background and their investments in the area. The third study is devoted to course contents: syllabi, reading lists, and exams. The project is firmly based in the tradition of the Sociology of education, but will also involve scholars in Education, Sociology, and the Didactics of mathematics.




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