New practical guide available – Sustainable Development in Science Education

What educational topic could be more important than the quality and sufficiency of natural resources on the Earth? Could it be possible to solve these challenges and create sustainable welfare for everyone with the help of chemistry and mathematics?

This practical guide helps chemistry teachers to plan their teaching from the perspective of sustainable development, and to integrate mathematics into their topics. The theory in the beginning of the guide and most of the ideas for inquiry-based activities are from the doctoral dissertation Holistic and Inquiry-based Education for Sustainable Development in Chemistry by Marianne Juntunen (University of Helsinki, 2015).

The guide was financed by a grant from the Ministry of the Environment and the ELY centre of Central Finland. It was granted to the Lapland district of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (Suomen luonnonsuojeluliiton Lapin piiri ry) in 2015. The guide was translated into English, Spanish and Chinese in 2017, financed by Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation.

Marianne Juntunen is teacher of chemistry (Ph.D.) and chemical engineer (M.Sc). Marianne has taught chemistry to students of all ages in science clubs, schools and teacher training. With her own company, she is a producer of educational material and offers teachers in-service training about holistic and inquiry-based science education.