Youth Listening Project

Attitudes to Sustainability

We want to find out how people are feeling about sustainability; both as a wider subject, and in relation to their personal lives. So in May 2018 we released a survey asking young people about their attitudes towards sustainability. Then, through work with schools during those first few months, we designed and released two further surveys, one for adults, and one for children under the age of twelve.  

Our Youth Listening Project surveys will run over a period of five years. They are designed to help you explore and question your own feelings, learning, thinking, knowledge, and assumptions around sustainability. Now in the second year, we are already gaining better insights into how children, young people, teachers, and other community members and educators feel about sustainability and sustainability education.

Our Year 1 Youth Listening Project Report is now available

Click here to read or download our Year 1 Youth Listening Project report.

Our Year 2 Surveys

Our surveys have now relaunched for their second year, please follow the links below to complete the one that is relevant to you.

Since the release of the surveys we have gathered over 1,900 responses from the UK and beyond.

These responses will form part of a five year longitudinal study, during which time we will re-release the surveys each year in order to compare the results year on year, and gather accurate data about trends and changes throughout our society, which supports our continuing work with UNESCO.

As well as giving us the above information, the data gathered will be used by SEEd to better understand our own client base, enabling us to design and deliver better and more relevant programmes for both educators and young people. Already we can see emerging differences between the ways different age groups view both their understanding and their learning and teaching of sustainability as a subject, and we are beginning to get a picture of just what young people across the UK want to be taught about sustainability and climate change.

Alongside this the data will be used by SEEd to form part of our research and evidence work supporting our Campaign to Change the Education Act. Already results are showing that UK residents are concerned about sustainability and climate change, and that young people are asking for Education for Sustainable Development to be part of their compulsory studies. Being able to bring this nationwide, and international, longitudinal study to the table could be a powerful tool for change.

The surveys will close at end of each academic year, and reopen at the start of the new academic year, allowing us time to read and collate the results.

School Audits

We have also designed this survey so that teachers and educators can use it as an audit tool, and we encourage you to do so. This should allow you to better understand your students, or staff, attitudes and understanding, and could be completed before, during, and after any learning activities to measure changes.

In order to use the survey as an audit simply ask the students and staff of your school/class to fill in the survey that is relevant to them (Adults, Youth, Children U 12), making sure that at the end of the survey they complete the box that asks which school, institution or organisation they are from. Once all students and staff have done this please contact us via isa@se-ed.org.uk, we can gather and separate the surveys from your institution and send the data to you. Once you have the data you can use it to understand where your staff and students are at, or to compare their learning and understanding year on year alongside our research.

Although we will send you your data, we will retain copies of this data that will form part of our research.

Schools and other institutions will never be named within our results.

All our surveys are anonymous and no identifying personal data is collected.

Results

For any further information on this research project please contact Isa via isa@se-ed.org.uk.