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ERIC Number: EJ887129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1059-9053
Differences in Forestry Students' Perceptions across Study Years in a Brazilian Undergraduate Program
Arevalo, Javier; Jarschel, Barbara; Pitkanen, Sari; Tahvanainen, Liisa; Enkenberg, Jorma
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v39 p94-101 2010
Forestry higher curricula reform is being debated globally. This study examines the views of students on aspects related to forestry education and the profession, focusing on how these views differ across the study years of a higher education forestry program. The objective of the study was to investigate the differences across study years with regard to the students' forestry-related concerns, the value they give to competencies and experiences, and their preferences with respect to future work and studies. The case study of a 5-year Brazilian undergraduate program was selected, analyzing the responses to a questionnaire of 268 students. Results indicate students in the later years of their study program have a much broader variety of forestry-related concerns, have a greater interest in choosing a different university for doing a Master's degree, and more often consider working as consultants upon graduation. Additionally, students in the later years give a higher importance to competencies related to traditional forestry areas (silviculture, management, policy), computer-related subjects (Forest Information Systems, statistics, computer skills), and generic communication competencies (oral and writing skills). On the contrary, students in the first years give a higher value to environmental and climate change-related issues and to international forestry, as well as to achieving their best. Our findings show there are numerous differences in students' perceptions across the study years of a program. The consideration of these differences in the reform of forestry and life science curricula, aiming at increasing the attractiveness and effectiveness of the programs, is suggested. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil