Tackling the Knowledge-Action Gap in Sustainable Consumption: Insights from a Participatory School Programme

Journal of Education for Sustainable Development 6 (2): 301-12, doi: 10.1177/0973408212475266

18 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2013 Last revised: 1 Jun 2014

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Matthias Barth

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Daniel Fischer

Arizona State University, School of Sustainability; Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Claudia Nemnich

Independent

Gerd Michelsen

Leuphana University of Lueneburg - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences

Horst Rode

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In the international policy discourse on sustainable consumption and production, education is acknowledged to be a powerful tool in changing unsustainable patterns of consumption. Current educational policies and programmes have responded to the consumption challenge mainly by including and addressing consumption issues in formal tuition in different subjects. This article criticises such a perspective for neglecting informal and non-cognitive consumer learning processes that take place outside the classroom. As a more comprehensive approach to consumer learning in school settings, a whole-school approach is outlined. The article reports on some insights of an empirical study that examined the relevance of active participation in, and exposure to, activities promoting sustainable consumption at schools.

Keywords: Consumer learning, education for sustainable consumption, whole-school approach, participation

Suggested Citation

Barth, Matthias and Fischer, Daniel and Nemnich, Claudia and Michelsen, Gerd and Rode, Horst, Tackling the Knowledge-Action Gap in Sustainable Consumption: Insights from a Participatory School Programme (2012). Journal of Education for Sustainable Development 6 (2): 301-12, doi: 10.1177/0973408212475266 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2273512

Matthias Barth

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

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Daniel Fischer (Contact Author)

Arizona State University, School of Sustainability ( email )

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Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

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Germany

Claudia Nemnich

Independent ( email )

Gerd Michelsen

Leuphana University of Lueneburg - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences ( email )

Scharnhorststrasse 1
Lüneburg, 21314
Germany

Horst Rode

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

Scharnhorststraße 1
Lüneburg, 21335
Germany

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