‘Human nature’: Chemical engineering students’ ideas about human relationships with the natural world

Title‘Human nature’: Chemical engineering students’ ideas about human relationships with the natural world
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGoldman, D, Assaraf, OBen-Zvi, Shemesh, J
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Date Published2014
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03043797
KeywordsAttitudes , chemical , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL , Higher , Human , NEP-scale , SUSTAINABILITY , sustainable
AbstractWhile importance of environmental ethics, as a component of sustainable development, in preparing engineers is widely acknowledged, little research has addressed chemical engineers’ environmental concerns. This study aimed to address this void by exploring chemical engineering students’ values regarding human–nature relationships. The study was conducted with 247 3rd–4th year chemical engineering students in Israeli Universities. It employed the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP)-questionnaire to which students added written explanations. Quantitative analysis of NEP-scale results shows that the students demonstrated moderately ecocentric orientation.  Endorsing sustainability implies that today's engineers be equipped with an ecological perspective. The capacity of Higher Education to enable engineers to develop dispositions about human–nature interrelationships requires adaptation of curricula towards multidisciplinary, integrative learning addressing social–political–economic–ethical perspectives, and implementing critical-thinking within the socio-scientific issues pedagogical approach. 
NotesGoldman, Daphne 1 Assaraf, Orit Ben-Zvi 2 Shemesh, Julia 2; Affiliation: 1: Environmental Science and Agriculture, Beit Berl Academic College, Doar Beit Berl,Kfar Saba44905, Israel 2: Faculty of the Humanities, Program of Science and Technology Education, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, Israel; Source Info: Jun2014, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p325; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students -- Research; Subject Term: CHEMICAL engineering -- Study & teaching (Higher); Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: HUMAN ecology; Subject Term: CHEMICAL engineering -- Environmental aspects; Subject Term: HIGHER education; Subject Term: ATTITUDES; Author-Supplied Keyword: chemical engineering students; Author-Supplied Keyword: environmental worldviews; Author-Supplied Keyword: NEP-scale; Author-Supplied Keyword: sustainability; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 23p; Illustrations: 2 Diagrams, 5 Charts, 1 Graph; Document Type: Article