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Environmental education for undergraduate engineering students

Dalimin, M. Noh and Mohamed, Maryati and Linatoc, Alona C. and Afifa, Aini (2010) Environmental education for undergraduate engineering students. In: Persidangan Kebangsaan Pendidikan Kejuruteraan dan Keusahawanan 2010, 25-26 September 2010, Kota Bahru, Kelantan.

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Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) is the 15th Malaysian public university. Evolving from a college, teaching vocational lecturers in 1993, frog-leaped to become a technical university college in 2003, and a full fledge university in 2007. It has always focused on engineering, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and learning through experience as an important trade mark. The students accepted to this university are mainly from the physical sciences back ground, some holders of matriculation certificate and A level certificate. There had never been a course that addresses environmental issues at the first year level. Since 2009, the university senate approved a course called Nature Conservation to be taught to first- year civil engineering students. Environment should be the concern for all. News on environmental issues in Malaysia and internationally is always in the media – printed or electronics. It is therefore interesting to gauge just how much the young people of age 18-19 years, are aware of them. To do that, a sample of about 42 students were selected to answer some questions on biodiversity, conservation and people on nature, prior to any treatment. These students have gone through an A (STPM) level education and matriculation but not majoring in biology and presumably, exposed to all media in Malaysia. The preliminary finding indicated a poor knowledge especially on biodiversity and conservation. However, when asked about examples of pollution, more than 90% were correct. On the aspect of people and nature, students have some ideas on how people alter nature and how people can protect nature. After being exposed to lectures on environmental issues (for about one semester – 14 weeks) and brought to the field to experience real problem in the environment, another assessment was carried out (final exam). Result shows much improvement with regard to the three aspects tested before : biodiversity, conservation, people and nature. This paper discusses the importance of educating professionals in Malaysia about nature. Some issues observed to be of considerable importance are : experiential learning, attitude of young people towards nature, involvement of young people in formulating activities to raise awareness and knowledge of the environment. One very obvious factor lacking is baseline knowledge on environment of our young people. This paper concludes with some suggestions of how to move forward in raising awareness and knowledge among young people, especially those who will be involved in managing our environment in the future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 07:02
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 07:56
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/3189
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