Action competencies for sustainability and its implications to environmental education for prospective science teachers: A systematic literature review
H. Husamah 1 2 * , Hadi Suwono 1 , Hadi Nur 1 3 , Agus Dharmawan 1
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1 Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Negeri Malang, INDONESIA2 Department of Biology Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, INDONESIA3 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, MALAYSIA* Corresponding Author


Students’ action competence must be taught and developed, particularly for prospective science teachers, to have a pedagogical perspective as environmental educators. As indicated by publications in respected journals, researchers’ focus and alignment on the issue of action competence are highly expected. This systematic literature review aims to compare the findings of research articles published by Web of Science-indexed journals. The keyword used to find the articles on the Web of Science’s database was “action competence,” which discovered 193 publications. Furthermore, 25 articles met the criteria to be analyzed. Preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analysis was the inclusion and exclusion model used. In the last three years, research focused on action competence has increased. The research employed several methods, i.e., qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and development research. Jelle Boeve-de Pauw and Wanda Sass were the authors who frequently published research that focused on action competence. The keyword action competence was directly associated with environmental education, sustainable development, education-based learning for sustainable development, and evaluation. The authors who published their research with this focus were from 16 countries, mainly from Europe, i.e., Sweden, Belgium, and Denmark. The continent diversity of authors who contributed articles indicated that the action competence issue had become a global concern. Furthermore, it was found that the number of non-collaborating publications (universities or countries) was higher than those collaborating, even though single authors rarely wrote the articles. The recent trend shows that publications are authored by scientists with various backgrounds such as fields, universities, and even countries. The authors of this paper developed and proposed eight ideas to be reflected by prospective science teachers or science teacher education providers in educating future science teachers concerned about action competence about sustainable development.


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EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2022, Volume 18, Issue 8, Article No: em2138

Publication date: 16 Jul 2022

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