Exploring sustainability as a frame of mind: A multiple case study

  • Krystle Ontong
  • Lesley Le Grange
Keywords: curriculum, education, environment, frame of mind, sustainability, teachers


In this article we discuss a multiple case study, which investigates the frames of mind on sustainability of six Grade Nine Natural Sciences and Social Sciences teachers at three different urban schools in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The article consists of a theoretical and empirical component. Regarding the former, we firstly discuss contestations around sustainability as a policy, and secondly what sustainability as a frame of mind entails. This is followed by the empirical component, which enabled us to: firstly, determine the existing frames of mind of teachers concerning sustainability; and secondly, explore implications of viewing sustainability as a frame of mind for education. In conclusion, we open up possibilities that sustainability as a frame of mind has for taking us beyond the discourse that informed the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN-DESD).

Keywords: curriculum; education; environment; frame of mind; sustainability, teachers


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eISSN: 2076-3433
print ISSN: 0256-0100