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Young People

Cross-cultural views and futures
Author(s): Edited by Margaret Robertson and Sirpa Tani
Publisher: ACER Press, 2013


Young People: Cross-cultural views and futures is designed to highlight student voices from multiple perspectives and diverse socio-cultural contexts. Young people have lived all their lives with personal connectivity. Their mobile digital devices provide a steady stream of information any time and any place. The result is that young people today offer a unique perspective on global issues.
Margaret Robertson and Sirpa Tani bring together case studies from researchers, teachers and students on every continent. Students in Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Kenya, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Finland reveal overlapping interests related to the future of our planet including the environment, health and wellbeing, their families, education and jobs.

The final chapter reflects on these findings and explores how the behaviours, essential values and beliefs of young people are being modified. The authors conclude with suggestions related to how students voices can add to the quality of educational decision-making for the future.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction and overview, Margaret Robertson and Sirpa Tani
Chapter 2: Young people’s voices: An Australian perspective, Margaret Robertson
Chapter 3: Chilean young students visioning their futures, Ximena Cortés-Quezada and Osvaldo Muñiz-Solari
Chapter 4: Young students visioning their futures as citizens of Colombia, Ruth Quiroz-Posada and Osvaldo Muñiz-Solari
Chapter 5: Finnish young people, Taina Kaivola and Hannele Rikkinen
Chapter 6: Student voices in Nairobi, Kenya, Sarah Vohya and Molly Warrington
Chapter 7: Voices in Singapore: young people visioning their futures, Geok Chin Ivy Tan
Chapter 8: The world and its future through the eyes of Taiwan’s youth, Che-Ming (Jeremy) Chen
Chapter 9: Thinking about the future? Young people’s perspectives from the Netherlands, Tine Béneker and Ilona Wevers
Chapter 10: Young voices from the United Kingdom: A study of contrasts, Margaret Robertson, Rex Walford and Molly Warrington
Chapter 11: Visioning their futures as citizens of the United States of America and the world, Osvaldo Muñiz-Solari and Carmen Brysch
Chapter 12: The everyday life of young people, Sirpa Tani and Margaret Robertson
Chapter 13: Final comment, Margaret Robertson and Sirpa Tani

About the editors

Margaret Robertson is Professor of Education at La Trobe University, Australia. Her research and publication interests focus on cultural geography, particularly young people’s geographies and applications of social media and digital technologies. Research projects also include a range of issues related to environmental and community-based education.

Sirpa Tani is Professor of Geography and Environmental Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research activities deal with geographies of young people, geography education and visual methodologies. She is especially interested in urban and cultural geographies, geographies of everyday life and emotional geographies.

About the contributors

Tine Béneker is a lecturer in Human Geography in the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Carmen Brysch is a doctoral candidate in Geography Education in the Department of Geography, and Research Assistant of the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education at Texas State University, USA.

Che-Ming (Jeremy) Chen is Associate Professor of Geography at the National Taiwan Normal University.

Ximena Cortés-Quezada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Universidad de La Serena and teacher at Colegio Inglés Católico in La Serena, Chile.

Taina Kaivola is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki. Her research activities involve quality improvement and curriculum development of science education, theory based practices in pedagogical thinking and supporting student study skills in physical, social, cultural and digital learning environments.

Osvaldo Muñiz-Solari is Professor in the Department of Geography and Associate Director of the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education at Texas State University, USA.

Ruth Quiroz-Posada is Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia.

Hannele Rikkinen is Emeritus Professor of Biology and Geography Teaching in the Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Geok Chin Ivy Tan is Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group and Sub-Dean (Diploma and Practicum), Office of Teacher Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Sarah Vohya graduated from Cambridge University in 2009 with a degree in Geography and now works as a freelance social researcher, teaching music and doing community development work in Nairobi, Kenya.

Molly Warrington is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Ilona Wevers completed a Master’s degree in Geography and Communication at Utrecht University, Netherlands and is a geography teacher and a freelance writer.

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Author(s): Edited by Margaret Robertson and Sirpa Tani