Staff and student perceptions of sustainability and its integration into university curricula

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/347208
Title:
Staff and student perceptions of sustainability and its integration into university curricula
Authors:
Lerczak, Alex
Abstract:
In the world today, an awareness and consideration of sustainability and sustainable development is becoming increasingly important. Education and public awareness have been identified as critical components of the transition to sustainability. A great deal of responsibility is now placed on universities in order to achieve a sustainable future due to their heavy influence on students’ skills and attitudes. This dissertation investigates staff and student perceptions and understandings of, and attitudes towards, sustainability and its integration into university curricula. The study also explores the sustainability of student lifestyles and the factors influencing their views and behaviour. The project’s data was collected using in-depth student questionnaires, six interviews with Programme Leaders, and three senior support staff members at the University of Chester. The project revealed that there is greater awareness of sustainability among staff and students as well as engagement with the issue. Although sustainability-related content is being increasingly integrated within university curricula, the extent of its integration varies significantly between disciplines due to staff perceptions.
Advisors:
Alexander, Roy; Hunt, Tamara; Evans, Martin
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Sep-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/347208
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorAlexander, Royen
dc.contributor.advisorHunt, Tamaraen
dc.contributor.advisorEvans, Martinen
dc.contributor.authorLerczak, Alexen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-27T16:10:07Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-27T16:10:07Zen
dc.date.issued2014-09en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/347208en
dc.description.abstractIn the world today, an awareness and consideration of sustainability and sustainable development is becoming increasingly important. Education and public awareness have been identified as critical components of the transition to sustainability. A great deal of responsibility is now placed on universities in order to achieve a sustainable future due to their heavy influence on students’ skills and attitudes. This dissertation investigates staff and student perceptions and understandings of, and attitudes towards, sustainability and its integration into university curricula. The study also explores the sustainability of student lifestyles and the factors influencing their views and behaviour. The project’s data was collected using in-depth student questionnaires, six interviews with Programme Leaders, and three senior support staff members at the University of Chester. The project revealed that there is greater awareness of sustainability among staff and students as well as engagement with the issue. Although sustainability-related content is being increasingly integrated within university curricula, the extent of its integration varies significantly between disciplines due to staff perceptions.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectsustainabilityen
dc.subjectuniversity educationen
dc.subjectcurriculum designen
dc.titleStaff and student perceptions of sustainability and its integration into university curriculaen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMScen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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