Influence of an environmental studies course on attitudes of undergraduates at an engineering university

Shih Yun Kuo, Nancy L. Jackson

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-104
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Environmental Science(all)

Keywords

  • New Ecological Paradigm
  • environmental education
  • environmental worldview
  • science and engineering undergraduates

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