Raising environmental awareness through education

Dzineta Dimante, Tatjana Tambovceva, Dzintra Atstaja

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Abstract

This paper presents a method for involving learners in awarenessraising and real changes in consumption. The described method is a teaching assignment comprising a self-audit of household chemicals' consumption, system thinking to find the main causes and consequences, finding solutions and taking action. Findings about students' household chemicals consumption patterns and their reactions one month and six months after the assignment are presented and analysed. We found that the students' households use considerable amounts of chemicals and in most cases do not pay attention to their health and environmental impacts when making purchasing decisions. When doing this, students were able to find good alternatives to reduce the environmental impact of their household maintenance and have changed their behaviour six months after the assignment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-272
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Consumer behaviour
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Environmental awareness
  • ESD
  • Household chemicals
  • Self-audit
  • Sustainable consumption
  • System thinking
  • Teaching methods

Field of Science

  • 2.7 Environmental engineering
  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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