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The integration of environmental educational outcomes within higher education to nurture environmental consciousness amongst engineering undergraduates

SIVAPALAN, SUBARNA (2012) The integration of environmental educational outcomes within higher education to nurture environmental consciousness amongst engineering undergraduates. In: International Conference on Engineering and Technology Management, Dec 6-7, 2012, Penang.

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Higher education has an important role to play in advocating environmentalism. Given this responsibility, the goal of higher education should therefore be to develop graduates with the knowledge, skills and values related to environmentalism. However, research indicates that there is a lack of consciousness amongst graduates on the need to be more environmentally aware, especially when it comes to applying the appropriate knowledge and skills related to environmentalism. Although institutions of higher learning do include environmental parameters within their undergraduate and postgraduate academic programme structures, the environmental boundaries are usually confined to specific engineering majors within an engineering programme. This makes environmental knowledge, skills and values exclusive to certain quarters of the higher education system. The incorporation of environmental literacy within higher education institutions as a whole is of utmost pertinence if a nation’s human capital is to be nurtured to become change agents for the preservation of environment. This paper discusses approaches that can be adapted by institutions of higher learning to include environmental literacy within the graduate’s higher learning experience.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments / MOR / COE:Research Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Building
ID Code:8627
Deposited By: Ms Subarna Sivapalan
Deposited On:13 Dec 2012 11:39
Last Modified:08 Apr 2014 13:44

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