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Transforming Consumer Behavior: Introducing Self-Inquiry-Based and Self-Experience-Based Learning for Building Personal Competencies for Sustainable Consumption

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Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Communication, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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Institute of Economic Education and Sustainable Consumption (IBBA), Technische Universität Berlin, Marchstr. 23, 10587 Berlin, Germany
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Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2550; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092550
Received: 31 March 2019 / Revised: 24 April 2019 / Accepted: 29 April 2019 / Published: 2 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Competencies in Education for Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

Despite growing educational efforts in various areas of society and albeit expanding knowledge on the background and consequences of consumption, little has changed about individual consumer behavior and its detrimental impact. Against this backdrop, some scholars called for a stronger focus on personal competencies, especially affective–motivational ones to foster more sustainable consumption. Such competencies, however, are rarely addressed within the context of education for sustainable consumption. Responding to this gap, we suggest two new learning formats that allow students to systematically acquire affective–motivational competencies: self-inquiry-based learning (SIBL) and self-experience-based learning (SEBL). We developed these approaches at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, since 2016, and applied them within the framework of two seminars called Personal Approaches to Sustainable Consumption. Conducting scholarship of teaching and learning, we investigated the potential of SIBL and SEBL for cultivating personal competencies for sustainable development in general and sustainable consumption in particular. Our results indicate that SIBL and SEBL are promising approaches for this purpose. View Full-Text
Keywords: personal competencies; sustainable consumption; education for sustainable development; scholarship of teaching and learning; self-inquiry-based learning; self-experience-based learning personal competencies; sustainable consumption; education for sustainable development; scholarship of teaching and learning; self-inquiry-based learning; self-experience-based learning
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Frank, P.; Stanszus, L.S. Transforming Consumer Behavior: Introducing Self-Inquiry-Based and Self-Experience-Based Learning for Building Personal Competencies for Sustainable Consumption. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2550.

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