How much do engineering students know about sustainable development? The findings of an international survey and possible implications for the engineering curriculum

TitleHow much do engineering students know about sustainable development? The findings of an international survey and possible implications for the engineering curriculum
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsAzapagic, A, Perdan, S, Shallcross, D
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume30
Issue1
Pagination1-19
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number03043797
Accession Number15604436
Keywordseducation , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL , INDUSTRIAL , international , SURVEYS , SUSTAINABILITY , sustainable
AbstractThis paper addresses the issue of engineering education for sustainable development. In an attempt to facilitate a better integration of sustainability teaching into the engineering curriculum, it seeks to provide answers to the following fundamental questions: (1) How much do engineering students know about sustainable development? (2) What are the knowledge gaps? (3) What could be the best approach to educating engineering students for sustainable development? To answer these questions, the authors report the results of a world-wide survey of engineering students on their level of knowledge about sustainable development. The results suggest that significant knowledge gaps exist, but overall students believe that sustainable development is important for engineers. To address the third question, the paper then discusses the implications of these findings for the engineering curriculum. It also illustrates an approach to teaching sustainability that could help to stimulate students' interest in this subject during their studies and to ensure their commitment to practising sustainable engineering later as professionals.
NotesAzapagic, Adisa 1; Email Address: a.azapagic@surrey.ac.uk Perdan, Slobodan 1 Shallcross, David 2; Affiliation: 1: School of Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK 2: Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia; Source Info: Mar2005, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p1; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: EDUCATION -- Curricula; Subject Term: SURVEYS; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL engineering; Subject Term: INDUSTRIAL policy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering curriculum; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: International survey; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainability education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainable development; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/03043790512331313804
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