A business to change the world: Moral responsibility in textbooks for International Economics
2011 (English)In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, Vol. 20, no 1, 79-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article presents an empirical analysis of textbooks for International Economics in upper secondary schools with a focus on moral responsibility for the environment and society. The purpose is to analyze the meanings offered to students regarding the scope of taking moral responsibility in relation to the role of a business person. Four different meanings are formulated as a result of the study: one states that a business only can take responsibility in order to obey laws and respond to consumer demands, a second and third meanings imply that, a business can make demands, to different extents, on subcontractors. A fourth meaning include that a business (apart from making profit) also can be a tool for change. The different meanings are discussed in relation to different functions of education (Biesta 2008, Säfström 2005) and Education for Sustainable Development. The main argument is that a tool for change-meaning, contributing to a subjectification function of education, ought to have an increased space in education, if we want students who are engaged in sustainability issues regarding the environment and the society also to see a future working within the business world. This is equally important if we want business students to see a future working for sustainable development.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro Universitet , 2011. Vol. 20, no 1, 79-96 p.
educational meanings, sustainable development, moral responsibility, curriculum theory, economics education
läroplanteori, meningsskapande, hållbar utveckling, moraliskt ansvarstagande, ekonomiundervisning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14544OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-14544DiVA: diva2:474491