An exploratory case study of Dutch children's attitudes toward consumption: Implications for environmental education

Helen Kopnina*

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Abstract

This 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-144
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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