Teaching about fashion and sustainability - your views
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and The JJ Charitable Trust are interested in understanding geography teachers’ views on teaching about fashion and sustainability and whether teachers may be interested in more support on this topic.
We would welcome your views on the following questions and this survey will be open for responses until the 27 September 2019.
Thank you for your support.
Do you teach about fashion or consumerism within your geography lessons?
Yes – both
Yes – mainly fashion rather than consumerism
Yes – mainly consumerism about things other than fashion
If no, why not?
Not enough time
It’s not relevant
Curriculum doesn’t accommodate it
I don’t know enough about it
Students aren’t interested
I have no resources on the topic
If yes, which phase do you teach about it?
What case studies and/or themes do you include?
The pros and cons of economic growth
Local vs global
Different types of cultures, multiple approaches to fashion
The impact of fashion on Earth’s systems
The relationship between fashion and people’s wellbeing
Power and governance of fashion
What resources do you use to support your teaching?
Own scheme of work
Charity, NGO, campaign materials
Materials produced by manufacturers
If you have taught this before, what specific resources have you found useful to support your teaching?
If new resources were available which explored sustainability within fashion would you be likely to use them?
I might use them
I wouldn't use them
If new resources were available on sustainability and fashion which themes would you want them to cover?
Consumer behaviour and shopping patterns
Energy, CO2 and water use
Techniques and production methods to make clothing more sustainable
Use and lifespan of clothing
Would you want the resources to explore the opportunity for young people to explore their views and actions in relation to these issues?
If yes, what areas might do you think it would be appropriate for young people to explore?
Their own (and others) consumer patterns and behaviour
How they (and others) dispose of clothing
Engaging with manufacturers and retailers to address these issues
Spreading the word about these issues through social media, friends and families and other networks
Engaging with policy makers about these issues
If no, why not?
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