Fashioning the Citizen Curriculum: a creative practice investigation into sustainable fashion education to promote engagement in responsible consumption and global citizenship

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Abstract

While sustainability is central to many curriculums at Key Stage 4 (England and Wales), there is no requirement to include this at KS3 design or below, resulting in most young people lacking the understanding of the impact clothes have. This multidisciplinary research is a creative investigation into sustainability-focused fashion education with primary-aged children. The aim is to investigate the role of early education in promoting responsible consumption/citizenship. The longitudinal qualitative research involves monthly workshops with groups from varying demographics. The research investigates global production, exploring both the environmental and social inequality along the fashion supply chain, taking the participants on an imaginary and immersive journey. The transfer of knowledge is undertaken through animated cartoons, which cover the impacts, but also offer positive creative solutions undertaken during the sessions. It is anticipated the research will facilitate an understanding of clothing impacts, to help them become responsible global citizens of the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
PublisherBlucher Design Proceedings
Number of pages21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2023
Event15th International Conference of the European Academy of Design - Brazil, Finland, India, Spain, UK
Duration: 16 Oct 202320 Oct 2023

Publication series

Name15th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
PublisherBlucher Design Proceedings
Number4
Volume11
ISSN (Print)2318-6968

Conference

Conference15th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Period16/10/2320/10/23

Keywords

  • fashion
  • sustainability
  • education
  • behaviour
  • consumption

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