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Relevance of Life-Cycle Assessment in Context-Based Science Education: A Case Study in Lower Secondary School

School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education University of Eastern Finland, 80130 Joensuu, Finland
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Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 5877; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11215877
Received: 1 October 2019 / Revised: 17 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 October 2019 / Published: 23 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Approaches to Embedding Sustainability in Teacher Education)
The article introduces a science education intervention using life-cycle analysis of consumer products. The intervention aims to promote lower secondary school students’ science career awareness and interest toward science studies. In this study, two lower secondary school teachers planned an intervention on life-cycle analysis, which aimed to be relevant for the students from an individual, societal, and vocational perspective. The study then examined how students perceived the relevance of the intervention, based on classroom observations, students’ life-cycle presentations, questionnaire responses, as well as interviews. The findings indicate that students found life-cycle assessment to be a relevant topic both from an individual and societal perspective. However, findings on vocational relevance were two-fold, as students gained knowledge on different occupations, but this did not seem to directly affect their future career aspirations. View Full-Text
Keywords: life-cycle assessment; inquiry-based learning; careers; science education; circular economy life-cycle assessment; inquiry-based learning; careers; science education; circular economy
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Tolppanen, S.; Jäppinen, I.; Kärkkäinen, S.; Salonen, A.; Keinonen, T. Relevance of Life-Cycle Assessment in Context-Based Science Education: A Case Study in Lower Secondary School. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5877. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11215877

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Tolppanen S, Jäppinen I, Kärkkäinen S, Salonen A, Keinonen T. Relevance of Life-Cycle Assessment in Context-Based Science Education: A Case Study in Lower Secondary School. Sustainability. 2019; 11(21):5877. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11215877

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Tolppanen, Sakari; Jäppinen, Ilpo; Kärkkäinen, Sirpa; Salonen, Anssi; Keinonen, Tuula. 2019. "Relevance of Life-Cycle Assessment in Context-Based Science Education: A Case Study in Lower Secondary School" Sustainability 11, no. 21: 5877. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11215877

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