Graduate attribute for minimising environmental harm Assessing effectiveness in the graduates workplaces

Holdsworth, S, Thomas, I, Wong, P, Sandri, O, Boulet, M, Chester, A and McLaughlin, T 2019, 'Graduate attribute for minimising environmental harm Assessing effectiveness in the graduates workplaces', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 211, pp. 396-407.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Graduate attribute for minimising environmental harm Assessing effectiveness in the graduates workplaces
Author(s) Holdsworth, S
Thomas, I
Wong, P
Sandri, O
Boulet, M
Chester, A
McLaughlin, T
Year 2019
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production
Volume number 211
Start page 396
End page 407
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Over recent times concern about the physical environment has fluctuated. Even after the coverage of environment and sustainability issues in the education of many professions, a decline of community concern suggests that the potential for the inclusion of environmental issues in the work of professionals could be limited. This situation raises the question of whether recent graduates have the ability, through their workplaces, to act to minimise environmental harm. To assess this ability, based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour, a survey instrument was developed and tested on a sample of graduates, of an Australian university, associated with the building and construction fields. Results indicated, firstly, that the model provided a valid approach to the assessment of influences on a graduate's behaviour. Secondly, that factors associated with their workplaces are very influential, especially support from their employers and clients. Further, behavioural enablers are especially important influences on behaviour specifically the resources available to the graduate, workplace support and assistance, and the scope and power associated with the graduate's role. These findings provide insights for the curriculum and pedagogy that is needed if graduates are to enter the workforce and be effective in minimising environmental harm from their professional activities.
Subject Environmental Impact Assessment
Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Education Assessment and Evaluation
Keyword(s) Sustainability education
Assessment
Professional behaviour
University
Environmental impacts
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.169
Copyright notice © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0959-6526
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Altmetric details:
Access Statistics: 23 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Fri, 14 Dec 2018, 16:06:00 EST by Catalyst Administrator
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us