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Title: Integrating sustainable consumption into environmental education: A lase study on environmental representations, decision making and intention to act
Authors: Hadjichambis, Andreas Ch. 
Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, Demetra 
Ioannou, Hara 
Georgiou, Yiannis 
Manoli C., Constantinos 
Major Field of Science: Social Sciences
Field Category: Media and Communications
Keywords: Decision-making;Sustainable consumption;Environmental education program;Environmental representations
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Source: International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2015, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 67-86.
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Start page: 67
End page: 86
DOI: 10.12973/ijese.2015.231a
Journal: International Journal of Environmental and Science Education 
Abstract: During the last decades, current consumption patterns have been recurrently blamed for rendering both the environment and our lifestyles unsustainable. Young children are considered a critical group in the effort to make a shift towards sustainable consumption (environmentally friendly consumption). However, young people should be able to consider sustainable consumption as a potential venue, among their options. The present study investigates the effectiveness of an environmental education program aiming to familiarize children aged 8-12 with the notion of sustainable consumption by focusing on children’s environmental representations and their intentions to act (decision-making). Findings revealed that the program employed influenced children’s environmental representations into becoming more sustainable ones. In addition, the environmental program provided children with more environmental criteria, allowing children to report their intentions to act as sustainable consumers. Relating children’s environmental representations to their decision-making criteria, findings indicated an emerging relationship between children’s environmental representations, and their intentions to act, as reflected through the decision-making process.
ISSN: 13063065
Rights: © 2015 by iSER, International Society of Educational Research.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Type: Article
Affiliation : Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture 
Cyprus Center for Environmental Research and Education 
Cyprus University of Technology 
University of Cyprus 
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