Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyle as a theme in education

What educational goals do we set when we want to anticipate social change?




Education for sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals, responsible consumption, transformative learning


Responsible consumption is included in one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 12), and this goal also plays an important role in the education: to meet it, UNESCO defined a set of educational goals for different levels of education – “key competencies” for SDG12. As apparent from their analysis, these educational goals are more or less evenly distributed between the cognitive, emotional / social and behavioural domains of learning, which is a characteristics of education for sustainability in general. Learning based on these goals can bring not only the necessary knowledge, but also change the established patterns of thinking and behaviour, which is crucial for changing consumer habits and lifestyle in general. The article not only demonstrates how to set educational goals of this type (so that they affect all components of personality and are part of transformative learning), it also shows how they can look specifically in a showcased program for different types of schools. The aim of the program is to develop an awareness of the children / pupils / students concerning their active role within the economy, and that they can they can through their everyday consumer decisions shape the economic system.


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Author Biographies

Jana Dlouhá, Charles University Environment Center

Researcher in Charles University Environment Centre; co-founder of the Enviwiki knowledge base; vice-president of international network of higher education institutions Copernicus Alliance. Concerned with transformative education and educational transformation in the light of sustainable development; interests span from digital media, open education resources, to social learning and participatory approaches in public dialogue.

Roman Kroufek, Faculty of Education, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University

Faculty of Education, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University


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30. 09. 2020

How to Cite

Dlouhá, J., Henderson, L., Kroufek, R., Jančaříková, K., & Neprašová, S. (2020). Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyle as a theme in education: What educational goals do we set when we want to anticipate social change?. Envigogika, 15(1).

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