Climate Change and Sustainability Education in Canada: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Curricula in Three Provinces

dc.contributor.advisorBrunet, Nicolas
dc.contributor.advisorLauzon, Al
dc.contributor.authorCohen, Macey
dc.date.accessioned2023-12-22T20:47:15Z
dc.date.available2023-12-22T20:47:15Z
dc.date.copyright2023-12-20
dc.date.created2023-11-28
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Environmental Design and Rural Development
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelph
dc.degree.nameMaster of Science
dc.degree.programmeCapacity Development and Extension
dc.description.abstractClimate change (CC) is considered a pressing existential threat to the health of the planet and quality of life on Earth (IPCC, 2023). Education is seen as a potential mitigation factor. Using multiple case studies of tertiary data of nine curricula from three provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan), this study used critical discourse analysis to analyze the ideological underpinnings by which CC is taught according to Nisbet’s (2014) typology of public intellectual’s responses to CC, while by default identifying to what extent CC is present as a theme of study within these courses. This study found that while matters related to climate change and sustainability are often mentioned within these curricula, they lack essential problem framing and pathways to solutions and are generally not taught in a manner congruent with what UNESCO and the Government of Canada suggest: the pedagogical framework of sustainability education (UNESCO, 2022; Government of Canada, 2005).
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Graduate Scholarship
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/28023
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelph
dc.rightsAttribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectSustainability education
dc.subjectClimate change
dc.subjectDiscourse analysis
dc.titleClimate Change and Sustainability Education in Canada: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Curricula in Three Provinces
dc.typeThesis

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