Special Issue "Educational Psychology for Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kaarina Määttä
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Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Yliopistonkatu 8, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
Dr. Satu Uusiautti
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Yliopistonkatu 8, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of the Special Issue on Educational Psychology for Sustainable Development is to focus on key findings that promote individuals’ and communities’ ways of enhancing favorable development and sustainable behaviors in the rapidly changing growth environments, societies, and communities. Therefore, sustainable development pursues change also in individuals’ and communities’ action. The basic elements of sustainable development are ecological, economic, social, and cultural sustainability, to which educational psychology can introduce tools for positive change.

The approach of the Special Issue is multidisciplinary, where various scientific perspectives on development and educational psychology can be combined in innovative manners. Sustainability in educational psychology aims to improve the quality of life of every human being through educative viewpoints. What are the most recent findings that can broaden our understanding about the development of the human–nature relationship, sustainable communities, and education? How can we promote understanding about best practices that enhance the well-being of human beings in a sustainable manner?

Sustainability is an interesting field of research for educational psychology. How can we foster positive sustainable behaviors? By focusing on positive psychological features, such as positive emotions and strengths, together with their positive psychological outcomes, such as well-being, which can link sustainable behavior with pro-environmental actions1. Our perspective is that educational psychology may offer not only prevention-focused information but also ideas of positive psychology of sustainability and its educational perspectives.

The focus of your article may be on sustainable development, sustainable behavior, education of sustainability, and individual and communal well-being. We welcome all types of research including quantitative and qualitative approaches, case studies, reviews, and multimethod research.

Reference

1 Corral-Verdugo, V. (2012). The positive psychology of sustainability. Environment Development and Sustainability 14(5). doi: 10.1007/s10668-012-9346-8

Dr. Kaarina Määttä
Dr. Satu Uusiautti
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • educational psychology
  • well-being
  • sustainable behavior
  • sustainability education
  • educational psychology of sustainability

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Educational Psychological Perspectives on Sustainability Education
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 398; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010398 - 03 Jan 2020
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What is the role of educational psychology in the development of sustainability education? In this editorial article, we argue that human happiness and life satisfaction could be the keys to positive education and adapting to pro-environmental behaviors. We discuss the perspective of sustainable [...] Read more.
What is the role of educational psychology in the development of sustainability education? In this editorial article, we argue that human happiness and life satisfaction could be the keys to positive education and adapting to pro-environmental behaviors. We discuss the perspective of sustainable happiness education being the guiding principle of sustainability education. Sustainable happiness education can provide a means to educate people about ways of considering their own well-being and that of others simultaneously, while keeping in mind the sustainability aspect of their actions. Full article
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Adaptation and Validation the State Mindfulness Scale (SMS) to Physical Education in a Spanish Context
Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5681; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205681 - 15 Oct 2019
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The aim of this study is to validate and adapt to the Spanish context of Physical Education (PE) the State Mindfulness Scale (SMS). The study included 1428 students aged 13–19. In order to analyse the psychometric properties of the SMS, an exploratory factorial [...] Read more.
The aim of this study is to validate and adapt to the Spanish context of Physical Education (PE) the State Mindfulness Scale (SMS). The study included 1428 students aged 13–19. In order to analyse the psychometric properties of the SMS, an exploratory factorial analysis was carried out to confirm the presence of two factors, a confirmatory factorial analysis that has offered support for both the structure of two factors. We also included an analysis of temporal stability, an analysis of invariance across gender, an analysis of internal consistency and an analysis of predictive validity through a t-test in which mental health (β = −0.28, p < 0.001) and physical or bodily experience (β = −0.16, p < 0.001) negatively predicted anxiety, respectively. The structure of the questionnaire was valid and reliable, gender-neutral and with adequate levels of temporal stability. Full article
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Five Basic Cornerstones of Sustainability Education in the Arctic
Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1431; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041431 (registering DOI) - 14 Feb 2020
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The Arctic region faces many threats but also opportunities due to economic, climate, environmental, cultural, social, professional, educational, and institutional changes, which also necessitate new perspectives on sustainable education. When implementing sustainable education in the Arctic, it is important to increase knowledge and [...] Read more.
The Arctic region faces many threats but also opportunities due to economic, climate, environmental, cultural, social, professional, educational, and institutional changes, which also necessitate new perspectives on sustainable education. When implementing sustainable education in the Arctic, it is important to increase knowledge and understanding of the special features of Arctic areas—their opportunities and vulnerabilities. In this article, the model of Arctic sustainable education (ASE) has been introduced. It is based on a new kind of lifestyle that illustrates respectful and responsible attitudes toward other people and nature. What are the special features of the teaching and learning of ASE and how to organize it? In this theoretical article, we have discussed the challenges and goals, and possibilities and significance of ASE by leaning on the five cornerstones, concerning learning and teaching of SE in schools and organizations: why, what, how, who, and when. The ASE may provide new ideas to develop sustainable education not just in the Arctic region but also elsewhere as it gets its special opportunities and expectations in a context- and time-bound manner. In conclusion, the role of educational psychology in ASE has been viewed and discussed. Full article
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