University Science Graduates' Environmental Perceptions Regarding Industry

Orit Ben-Zvi Assaraf, Sigalit Damri

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Abstract

Throughout the last decade, the issue of sustainable development has become a major public debate topic. University science graduates have the potential of playing an important mediatory role in this debate. This is
because their scientific vocation not only provides them with scientific knowledge about the core issues involved, but also puts them in the position of occupying key managerial and leadership positions in the industrial community. This study examines whether environmental knowledge
plays a part in university science graduates’ thinking about industry on an intuitive level and also in their mode of responding to concrete environmental problems. Our findings indicate that most of the graduates do not demonstrate
an awareness of the relevance of environmental knowledge to questions connected to industry; furthermore, they do not apply their scientific knowledge-base in contexts related explicitly to environmental aspects of the industrial process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-381
JournalJournal of Science Education and Technology
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Sustainable development
  • University science graduates
  • Environmental literacy
  • Industrial community
  • Stakeholders
  • Science education

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