Student perceptions of environmental management : profiling the future environmental manager

Christie, B.A., Miller, K.K. and Kirkhope, J. 2013, Student perceptions of environmental management : profiling the future environmental manager, Australasian journal of environmental management, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 147-160, doi: 10.1080/14486563.2013.764592.

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Title Student perceptions of environmental management : profiling the future environmental manager
Author(s) Christie, B.A.
Miller, K.K.ORCID iD for Miller, K.K. orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-6232
Kirkhope, J.
Journal name Australasian journal of environmental management
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 147
End page 160
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1448-6563
2159-5356
Keyword(s) university
course
choice
career
decision-making
education
sustainability
Summary Large growth is expected in the environment industry in coming decades; especially in Australia where the government's new price on carbon began in July 2012. This growth inevitably raises the question of who will fill new environmental management roles. This article presents the perceptions and expectations of students who are beginning to think about a possible career in this sector; what influences their decision-making and how do they view a career as an environmental manager? Without this information the environment sector will be under prepared for the expectations of incoming recruits and may lose valued students, graduates and employees. We found that prospective environmental managers are passionate and committed individuals who express a desire to help create a better world. They fail, however, to adequately articulate what environmental management entails, and have a poor understanding of the industry. They appear to be worried about financial security in what they see as a growing, but not yet fully mature, industry. The environment sector must therefore take the opportunity to engage these future environmental managers, and to communicate where the field will lead and how it can help this next generation achieve their aspirations to ‘save the planet’.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2013.764592
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
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