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Recycling+ – Helping Learners Understand Fast Fashion and How Clothing Choices Can Help Address the Climate Emergency

Jennifer Rudd Orcid Logo, Geraldine Lublin Orcid Logo, Marina Saez Lecue, Joanna Kusnierek

Journal of Emergent Science, Volume: 24, Pages: 14 - 22

Swansea University Authors: Jennifer Rudd Orcid Logo, Geraldine Lublin Orcid Logo

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The New Curriculum for Wales provides a unique opportunity to develop new units of work to deliver high quality climate change education. This paper describes a collaboration between academics from science, geography and modern languages disciplines, with classroom teachers at a Welsh primary school...

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Published in: Journal of Emergent Science
ISSN: 2046-4754
Published: The Association for Science Education 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa62657
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Abstract: The New Curriculum for Wales provides a unique opportunity to develop new units of work to deliver high quality climate change education. This paper describes a collaboration between academics from science, geography and modern languages disciplines, with classroom teachers at a Welsh primary school to develop a unit of work on clothing choices and the climate emergency.. The unit of work encouraged students to think about their clothing – where it came from, how it was looked after and where it went after disposal. Students learnt technical language such as “biodegradable” and “sustainable”, were encouraged to be creative by upcycling clothing and engaged in activism, writing letters to politicians about sustainable clothing.
Keywords: STEAM Education, primary curriculum, sustainability, climate change education, fast fashion
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funders: This research was funded by NERC through the discipline‐hopping grant, and UK AHRC through the Impact Acceleration Account grant, both administered by Swansea University.
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