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Teaching business economics for sustainability: the roles of a business person priviledged in classroom practice
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0045-1587
2017 (English)In: DEE 2017: Abstracts, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

New teaching approaches to include ‘sustainable development’ in the business curriculum are currently being developed with the expectation that students will become better equipped to address sustainability issues as budding business people. At the same time education for sustainable development has been argued as being particularly challenging in the context of business education due to assumptions underpinning orthodox business theories. This article presents a study of the roles of a business person privileged by teachers in the classroom when the concept of ‘sustainable development’ is incorporated in the subject of business economics. The empirical material, consisting of video recorded observations in five teachers’ classrooms, was collected two years after the inclusion of the concept in the upper secondary school syllabus in Sweden. The results show how different rules and conditions for doing business are foregrounded in classroom practice, which have different implications for whether a responsible business person is expected to: a) adapt to self-interest (in narrow terms), b) respond to consumers’ increasing interest for sustainable products, or c) be sensitive to stakeholders’ diverging interests. Detailed empirical examples illuminating how different classroom practices open up for different (egoistic vs altruistic) roles are provided with the aim that they should be useful for teachers (and anyone involved in design of lessons and/or educational materials) to develop a professional vision to identify when and how in educational practice ‘homo economicus’ becomes a norm as well as when and how other norms might emerge.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
business education, sustainable development, discourse analysis, classroom observations, homo economicus
Keyword [sv]
företagsekonomi, undervisning, diskursanalys, klassrumsobservationer, hållbar utveckling
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Subject Learning and Teaching
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150204DiVA: diva2:1165844
Conference
Developments in Economics Education conference 2017, London, UK, September 6-8, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-13 Created: 2017-12-13 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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