ERIC Number: ED360250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Consumerism & Development.
Teachergram, v4 n1 Win 1991
This material asks social studies students in Canada to recognize the implications of the lifestyles of citizens in developed countries, and the power that consumers have to create change for a better world, to be agents of positive development. Development is seen as a four faceted process. This model implies that development is an approach to change rather than a move to a certain standard of living. Positive development involves: (1) awareness of interconnectedness and interdependence in the global community, (2) awareness of cultural, social, and environmental costs of economic growth, (3) equitable distribution of global wealth and decision making, and (4) empowerment of individuals and communities to make socially just choices and to take responsibility for their choices. Economic growth and consumerism are interconnected in that social and economic systems are built on consumerism. The consumption of goods helps drive the economy. Consumerism and economic growth have an enormous impact on the world, yet seldom are questioned by society. By using power as consumers wisely people can take action for positive development both locally and globally. Environmental, economic, and human costs are explored, as are advertising, and waste management. A student activity for role play helps students to investigate the decision making and policy aspects of community waste management. Additional activities and a list of available resources are included. (DK)
Descriptors: Consumer Economics, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Instructional Materials, International Relations, Learning Activities, Living Standards, Social Studies, Waste Disposal, World Problems
Victoria International Development Education Association, 407 620 View Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8W 1J6 ($1 Canadian each; $6 Canadian for series).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Victoria International Development Education Association (British Columbia).