Sustainability knowledge and behaviors of apparel and textile undergraduates

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dc.contributor.author Hiller Connell, Kim Y.
dc.contributor.author Kozar, Joy M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-01T14:18:39Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-01T14:18:39Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14767
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze changes in undergraduate student knowledge of issues of sustainability relevant to the apparel and textiles industry. Assessment occurred prior to and upon completion of a course that addressed topics specific to the global production and distribution of apparel and textile goods. The study also examined modifications in students’ reported apparel purchasing behaviors. Design/methodology/approach – Participants included those in their third, fourth or fifth year of undergraduate education in the apparel and textile discipline at a higher education institution located in the Midwestern USA. All participants were enrolled in a course focused on globalization and the apparel and textile industry. Measures used to assess students’ knowledge of social and environmental sustainability issues related to the industry and their apparel purchasing behavior were included in the research instrument. Findings – Pre and post comparisons revealed significant changes in students’ knowledge of social and environmental issues relevant to the apparel and textile industry. However, the study found no significant adjustments in apparel purchasing behavior. Further, a post hoc analysis revealed no significant relationship between students’ knowledge and their reported purchasing behavior. Originality/value – Limited resources exist which examine methods for educating apparel and textile students about sustainability issues, with even less research documented on assessing the effectiveness of these methods. The paper analyzes the contributions sustainability-focused curriculum can make in modifying the level of knowledge and purchasing behavior of students and recommends further strategies to yield possibly even greater results. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1467-6370&volume=13&issue=4 en_US
dc.subject Apparel purchasing behavior en_US
dc.subject Apparel sustainability en_US
dc.subject Sustainability knowledge en_US
dc.title Sustainability knowledge and behaviors of apparel and textile undergraduates en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1108/14676371211262335 en_US
dc.citation.epage 407 en_US
dc.citation.issue 4 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education en_US
dc.citation.spage 394 en_US
dc.citation.volume 13 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid kyhc en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jkozar en_US

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