ERIC Number: EJ1024650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Influence of an Environmental Studies Course on Attitudes of Undergraduates at an Engineering University
Kuo, Shih-Yun; Jackson, Nancy L.
Journal of Environmental Education, v45 n2 p91-104 2014
Studies suggest that at engineering universities, where the percentage of males and engineering majors is high, pro-environmental attitudes are likely to be weak and may not change. The 15-item New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) scale was used to measure differences in student attitudes before and after an environmental studies course. Results revealed students held more pro-environmental attitudes about the validity of the ecological crisis, the existence of resource constraints, and the delicacy of nature's balance after the course. Students did not shift their views regarding the domination of humans over the environment or their belief in human ingenuity to overcome resource limits. Engineering majors showed weaker endorsement of the NEP compared to non-engineering majors, but the increase in their endorsement after the course was statistically significant.
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Rating Scales, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Student Attitudes, Statistical Significance, Undergraduate Students, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Pretests Posttests, Statistical Distributions, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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