An Exploratory Case Study of Dutch Children's Attitudes Toward Consumption: Implications for Environmental Education

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TitleAn Exploratory Case Study of Dutch Children's Attitudes Toward Consumption: Implications for Environmental Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKopnina, H
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume44
Issue2
Pagination128 - 144
Date Published2013/01/01/
ISBN Number0095-8964
KeywordsCradle-to-Cradle, environmental education (EE), postmaterialist theory, sustainable consumption, The Netherlands, upper-elementary schools
AbstractThis critical essay based on empirical study draws upon research on the differences in attitudes toward consumption among Dutch upper-elementary school children with different socioeconomic backgrounds. This article examines two strands of theory: critical literature on the conceptualization and practice of sustainable consumption, and the theory of postmaterialist values. By synthesizing these strands of theory the author outlines a number of paradoxes and challenges in theory and practice of consumption and lays a foundation for teaching sustainable consumption at the upper-elementary school level. The Cradle-to-Cradle framework is proposed as a form of strategically significant environmental education that can be used for teaching consumption.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2012.706240