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This study aims to determine the prospective teachers’ understanding of the concept of sustainable development (SD). This study used a qualitative research method. A total of 22 prospective teachers were included in this study. The participants were chosen using the purposeful sampling method. The research data were collected through a test of three open-ended questions developed by the researchers. The prospective teachers were asked the following questions: what are the reasons of the emergence of the concept of SD, what are the goals of the concept of SD and what are the criticisms of the concept of SD. They were required to answer the questions in writing and the written answers were analysed via content analysis. The findings obtained through content analysis were divided into categories related to the concept of SD, and then the themes were defined. Prospective teachers’ understanding of the concept of SD was categorised into three (namely general reasons, environmental reasons and social reasons).
Keywords: Content analysis, prospective teachers, sustainable development, understanding, qualitative study.
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