Nordic Studies in Education publishes articles, information and debate on subjects within, and of relevance for, education in the Nordic countries. The journal accepts contributions written in the Scandinavian languages and in English. Nordic Studies in Education is published in collaboration with Nordic Educational Research Association, and its target audiences are researchers, educators at different levels, and readers with a general interest in the field of education. The journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Arts, Culture and Education (Art and Craft Education/Sloyd Science/ Learning and Sustainability).

Sustainability is an important global issue that both preserves and develops human intercultural understanding. Sustainability can be understood as a traditional background for the professional fields of art and craft even though sustainability is a relatively new term in education curriculum. Today, education within the subjects of art and craft in the Nordic region is on a high professional level. This thematic issue hopes to create a dialogue between the UN’s 17 global goals for sustainable development (SDG) and the fields of art and craft education with the aim of taking part in shaping a future where art, craft, design, materials, processes and production become valuable knowledge producers in today’s society. The ambition is that a focus on art, craft and sustainable develop will rejuvenate the subjects’ traditions, and similarly the sustainable dimension will connect these fields together in the Nordic regions, along with the Arctic. Through development and research within the fields of art and craft and sustainable development, we wish to promote the position of art and craft in a larger educational context.

There is a need to emphasize the relation between the subjects of art and craft with sustainable development through research – a research field that is lacking and hence cutting edge. The same applies to research on art and craft and sustainability within various educational levels from kindergarten to higher education and entrepreneurship. Researchers within the fields of art and craft have an important task to strengthen sustainability in the Nordic regions, a task which can be realized through sending an article to this thematic issue in Nordic Studies in Education

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