Sustainability knowledge and behaviors of apparel and textile undergraduates

Sustainability knowledge and behaviors of apparel and textile undergraduates Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze changes in undergraduate student knowledge of issues of sustainability relevant to the apparel and textiles industry. Assessment occurred prior to and upon completion of a course that addressed topics specific to the global production and distribution of apparel and textile goods. The study also examined modifications in students' reported apparel purchasing behaviors. Design/methodology/approach – Participants included those in their third, fourth or fifth year of undergraduate education in the apparel and textile discipline at a higher education institution located in the Midwestern USA. All participants were enrolled in a course focused on globalization and the apparel and textile industry. Measures used to assess students' knowledge of social and environmental sustainability issues related to the industry and their apparel purchasing behavior were included in the research instrument. Findings – Pre and post comparisons revealed significant changes in students' knowledge of social and environmental issues relevant to the apparel and textile industry. However, the study found no significant adjustments in apparel purchasing behavior. Further, a post hoc analysis revealed no significant relationship between students' knowledge and their reported purchasing behavior. Originality/value – Limited resources exist which examine methods for educating apparel and textile students about sustainability issues, with even less research documented on assessing the effectiveness of these methods. The paper analyzes the contributions sustainability‐focused curriculum can make in modifying the level of knowledge and purchasing behavior of students and recommends further strategies to yield possibly even greater results. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Emerald Publishing

Sustainability knowledge and behaviors of apparel and textile undergraduates

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1467-6370
D.O.I.
10.1108/14676371211262335
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze changes in undergraduate student knowledge of issues of sustainability relevant to the apparel and textiles industry. Assessment occurred prior to and upon completion of a course that addressed topics specific to the global production and distribution of apparel and textile goods. The study also examined modifications in students' reported apparel purchasing behaviors. Design/methodology/approach – Participants included those in their third, fourth or fifth year of undergraduate education in the apparel and textile discipline at a higher education institution located in the Midwestern USA. All participants were enrolled in a course focused on globalization and the apparel and textile industry. Measures used to assess students' knowledge of social and environmental sustainability issues related to the industry and their apparel purchasing behavior were included in the research instrument. Findings – Pre and post comparisons revealed significant changes in students' knowledge of social and environmental issues relevant to the apparel and textile industry. However, the study found no significant adjustments in apparel purchasing behavior. Further, a post hoc analysis revealed no significant relationship between students' knowledge and their reported purchasing behavior. Originality/value – Limited resources exist which examine methods for educating apparel and textile students about sustainability issues, with even less research documented on assessing the effectiveness of these methods. The paper analyzes the contributions sustainability‐focused curriculum can make in modifying the level of knowledge and purchasing behavior of students and recommends further strategies to yield possibly even greater results.

Journal

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 14, 2012

Keywords: United States of America; Undergraduates; Clothing; Consumer behaviour; Sustainability; Apparel purchasing behavior; Apparel sustainability; Sustainability knowledge

References

  • Education for sustainable development beyond attitude change
    Arbuthnott, K.D.
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    Hiller Connell, K.Y.
  • Practical pedagogy for embedding ESD in science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula
    Hopkinson, P.; James, P.
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    Ren, X.
  • Integrating sustainability in higher education: a generic matrix
    Rusinko, C.
  • Integration of sustainability in higher education: a study with international perspectives
    Sammalisto, K.; Lindhquist, T.
  • Teaching sustainability to business students: shifting mindsets
    Stubs, W.; Cocklin, C.
  • Utilizing the design charrette for teaching sustainability
    Walker, J.B.; Seymour, M.W.

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