Supporting the sustainability journey of tertiary international students in Australia

Liz Sidiropoulos, Irene Wex, Jonathan Sibley

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Abstract

This article reports the findings of a pilot Education for Sustainability (EfS) program implemented in 2011 for international students in a multi-campus distributed learning environment at an Australian university. It outlines the context of the pilot EfS program and reports survey findings of the environmental attitudes and sustainability worldviews of international students. The pilot EfS program entailed in-class presentations to students in a variety of Business and IT programs at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Students were introduced to sustainability concepts and the role of graduate skills in their future professional practice. Students were also encouraged to adopt personal sustainability behaviours and assisted to connect their individual courses/programs to sustainability outcomes. Surveys consisting of open-ended questions and the Revised NEP (New Environmental Paradigm) questionnaire were conducted in a range of settings in order to develop an understanding of the sustainability attitudes and knowledge of international students. These were conducted in participating and non-participating EfS classes and also in classes with and without sustainability topics in the curriculum. The findings report the impact of these sustainability interventions on students' environmental views and attitudes. Finally, these findings are contextualised in suggested routes for scaffolding the learning journey of international students towards sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-79
Number of pages28
JournalAustralian Journal of Environmental Education
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • business
  • environment
  • international
  • pedagogy
  • sustainability

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