Advances in consumer education: European initiatives

  • Goldsmith E
  • Piscopo S
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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to inform the reader of developments in consumer education in the European Union and to present future directions for policy and research. The article responds to a call for more consumer education and the promotion of sustainable consumption. It makes a case for the benefits of studying the dynamic multi-country process of developing coordinated consumer education curriculum and resources involving academics, government officials and non-governmental organizations, ultimately affecting millions of students. The review of select initiatives, questions posed and subsequent recommendations highlights the complexity of the issues surrounding economic viability and the pedagogical and social value of transnational consumer education initiatives.

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  • Consumer education
  • European Union
  • Sustainability
  • Transnational curriculum

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