SveaSus: Sustainable World Heritage Learning Through a Phenomenon-based Approach

photo: Wilhelm Blomberg

The SveaSus project (Sustainable World Heritage Learning Through a Phenomenon-based Approach) strives to develop sustainability education based on a phenomena-based approach. The principal aim is to train teachers before and on-duty in sustainability education in a purposeful, dynamic, and complex learner centered way.

Sustainability is the main focus, the phenomenon-based learning approach and the world heritage both goals and learning environment. SveaSus is thus a unique teaching and learning project that both promotes the goals of the current national core curriculum and is in line with many of the Agenda 2030 goals.

The project group collectively creates new knowledge through both theoretical and empirical research, in which a number of education lecturers with different subject backgrounds participate. The knowledge serves educational policy, educational research, teacher education and the practical school field. Together with teacher students, school teachers, the reference group and students from other universities, the project group tests and develops methods that engage the students in finding solutions to the unsustainable dilemmas, which the world is currently facing.

During the first phase of the project (under the name Project Sveaborg) the academic year 2017-18, the project group developed and tested a pilot version of the project. Research results from this phase were published in the fall of 2019. The project's second phase should have taken place the academic year 2019-20, but remained at the planning stage due to the Corona situation, which made it impossible to teach in Suomenlinna in the spring of 2020. The third phase of the project starts in the spring of 2021 and is planned to continue until the spring of 2023.