University as Change Manager of Attitudes towards Environment (The Importance of Environmental Education)
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AuthorEsteban Ibáñez, Macarena; Musitu Ferrer, Daniel; Amador Muñoz, Luis Vicente; Mateos Claros, Francisco; Olmedo Ruiz, Francisco Javier
AttitudesUniversity studentsEnvironmentEnvironmental educationManagement
Esteban Ibáñez, M., Musitu Ferrer, D., Amador Muñoz, L. V., Claros, F. M., & Olmedo Ruiz, F. J. (2020). University as Change Manager of Attitudes towards Environment (The Importance of Environmental Education). Sustainability, 12(11), 4568. [DOI: 10.3390/su12114568]
The university is an essential participant in education, a key place where societal change processes are developed. So, it must be a place to bring up current challenges and social requirements. That is the reason why it holds the responsibility to assure the creation of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values in the students to achieve an effective solution to environmental issues. The objective of this research was the assessment of the attitudes, knowledge, and pro-environmental behavior in university students from different faculties, studies, and degrees, as well as their influence in this group. The results show that most of the students have previous concepts of environment, and they consider that a good environmental education is necessary to solve the environmental issues that they have around. This proves that key factors in attitudes become essential elements for changing them. The differences made by gender and studies in several fields in attitudes (cognitive and emotional levels) are also confirmed.