Environmental sustainability in higher education : What do academics think?

Christie,BA, Miller,KK, Cooke, Raylene and White,JG 2015, Environmental sustainability in higher education : What do academics think?, Environmental Education Research, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 655-686, doi: 10.1080/13504622.2013.879697.

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Title Environmental sustainability in higher education : What do academics think?
Author(s) Christie,BA
Miller,KKORCID iD for Miller,KK orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-6232
Cooke, RayleneORCID iD for Cooke, Raylene orcid.org/0000-0002-8843-7113
White,JGORCID iD for White,JG orcid.org/0000-0002-7375-5944
Journal name Environmental Education Research
Volume number 21
Issue number 5
Start page 655
End page 686
Total pages 32
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1350-4622
Keyword(s) attitudes
Summary The slow uptake of Education for Sustainability (EfS) curricula in universities has, partly, been attributed to academics' perceptions that EfS has little relevance within some disciplines. Understanding teaching academics' attitudes, values and experiences of EfS across disciplines can inform future EfS efforts in higher education. This paper presents one part of a larger study that sought the views of ≈6% of the entire university teaching workforce of Australia. One quarter of the teaching academics in every discipline of every Australian university (except one) (n = 38) was sent an online questionnaire asking for their opinions of EfS. Precisely, 1819 academics participated (26% response rate) and data was analysed with descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings suggest that academics are supportive of EfS for all university students. Support, perceived relevance and reported difficulties with EfS are discipline specific; academics would respond positively to EfS framed within their disciplinary worldviews.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13504622.2013.879697
Field of Research 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
Socio Economic Objective 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Routledge
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