ERIC Number: ED213649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Participation: Increasing the Bargaining Power of Consumers. Consumer Education Development Program: A National Study.
This publication contains materials and activities for a one day consumer education workshop for leaders of community organizations. It is the contention of the developers that consumers should influence the environments in which they make their decisions rather than merely accept the marketplace conditions which confront them. The publication first outlines citizen participation concepts. Each concept is defined and its application to consumer education is discussed. Twelve current factors which affect consumer decisions such as inflationary pressures and changes in roles of men and women are described. The major portion of the publication discusses the purposes, audience, and time schedule for the workshop and presents exercises and learning activities. There are two major workshop learning activities. Participants first identify consumer concerns related to the work of their organizations or agencies. They then identify bargaining strategies for dealing with these consumer concerns. The citizen participation concepts are used to set up a framework for triggering ideas about consumer applications to a wide range of organizations. Worksheets are provided for these exercises. Other workshop activities involve participants in role playing, in listening to guest speakers, and analyzing case studies. Also provided in the publication is a sample workshop agenda, assessment and follow up forms, and a selected bibliography. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Education, Consumer Education, Consumer Protection, Evaluation Methods, Fundamental Concepts, Learning Activities, Workshops
Michigan Consumer Education Center, 215 University Library, EMU, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Consumer's Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti. Consumer Education Center.