Education is prominently referred to as an indispensable element of a transition towards more sustainable consumption practices and features prominently in strategy documents on the national and international level. While significant quantitative progress has been made in the implementation of education for sustainable development in education systems, the discourse has shifted its focus more on the quality and effectiveness, and the question of what type of education for sustainable consumption (ESC) is needed to achieve substantial progress (as manifested in SDGs 4 and 12). This requires careful evaluation of intended learning outcomes and their assessment (both individual and collective), learning contexts and approaches (didactics, curricula, whole-school approaches), as well as implementation strategies.
Given the lack of a solid and consolidated evidence base on the effectiveness of existing approaches, this Special Issue of Sustainability aims to provide a critical appraisal of the state of art in research on ESC and to identify promising new directions for future research. We are seeking contributions from all educational fields (formal, non-formal, informal) that are thought-provoking, methodologically rigorous, and innovative in the way they approach an educational engagement with the notion of sustainable consumption. Particularly welcome are articles reporting intervention studies, synthesizing existing research and conveying critical perspectives on dominant discourses, narratives and framings of sustainable consumption in ESC.
Feel free to contact me for any queries related to this Special Issue. I look forward to an inspiring collection of papers on the state and prospect of education for sustainable consumption.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer
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