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ERIC Number: ED571565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
New Ecological Paradigm and Sustainability Attitudes with Respect to a Multi-Cultural Educational Milieu in China
Wells, Mona; Petherick, Lynda
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society (ITS), Education Technologies (ICEduTECH), and Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE) (Melbourne, Australia, Dec 6-8, 2016)
Institutions of higher education are increasingly interested in how the student experience may or may not influence world views and particularly with respect to sustainability. Here we report preliminary results from a New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) study in China to benchmark student responses, and we relate these results to findings from other studies in China and elsewhere. The 15-item NEP was administered to 265 students at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China, a Sino-British joint venture between research-led universities that confers both University of Liverpool and Chinese degrees and where the teaching language is English. We analyse item-by-item and aggregated results and find that, as expected, our study cohort, which is largely constituted of Chinese students, is unique in having a multi-cultural educational milieu, and results from our cohort differ from the comparison cohorts. Our cohort is aligned with a so-called Western world view with respect to Limits to Growth and Anti-anthropocentrism, however, differs from the Western view with respect to Balance of Nature. We find that the most relevant aspect for our purposes is to understand the causal differences influencing response from "high" and "low" responders within our particular cohort. Implications of these findings to education and the student experience are discussed. [For full proceedings, see ED571459.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China