Many schools do not yet provide education for consumer citizenship and sustainable consumption which isvalue-based, holistic, systematic, &related to student’s everyday life.
PERL will contribute to education about responsible living by:
- researching social innovation and responsibility;
- giving visibility to creative communities that collaboratively invent new ways of living;
- promoting education for sustainable consumption;
- stimulating consumer citizenship;
- developing teaching methods and materials;
- providing references and guidance.
PERL will hold two roundtable consultations of experts to provide updated scientific insight into the direct and indirect consequences of the choices individuals make in their interaction with the market.
PERL will also carry out systematic action research of best teaching practices based upon UNEP’score curriculum for education for sustainable consumption.
PERL will build upon the results of The Design Research Agenda for Sustainability (DRAS) and the Sustainable Everyday Explorations (SEE) project to develop an online platform for collaborative scenariobuilding about new ways of living. By adopting a peer-to-peer approach, hundreds of design teachers and students will have the possibility to bring together their autonomous but convergent contributions on sustainable ways of living.
PERL will further develop, test and translate learning materials focusing on active learning methodologies which stimulate students’associative skills as well as bringing them face to face with individuals in their neighbourhoods who have initiated sustainable ways of living. Two prototype modules for teacher training and one intensive course on responsible living will be established.
PERL will create a series of toolkits connecting learning to the everyday life of pupils and involving extra-curricular groups, parent-teacher organisations and families.
PERL will carry out a pilot project for audio visual materials to lay the groundwork for a set of relevant video/films.
PERL will create an index of existing educational materials.
PERL will hold two international research conferences.
Work plan available at http://perlprojects.org/