Embedding environmental sustainability in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum : a case study

Schultz, Madeleine (2013) Embedding environmental sustainability in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum : a case study. Journal of Learning Design, 6(1), pp. 20-32.

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In spite of increasing attention devoted to the importance of embedding sustainability in university curricula, few Australian universities include specific green chemistry units, and there is no mention of green or sustainable chemistry concepts in the majority of units. In this paper, an argument is posited that all universities should embed sustainable chemistry within all Chemistry courses because it is the morally correct stance to minimise the harm of climate change. Attitudes of chemistry lecturers towards integrating sustainability into their teaching have been probed and it was found, using an established model, that personal environmental perspectives are critical to their attitude. Importantly, academic staff whose research has an environmental component were more likely to incorporate sustainability into their teaching while others struggled to find ways to do so even when they believed it to be important. This paper will recommend that resources are required to assist academic staff without a green chemistry research program to incorporate sustainability into their teaching and several suggestions are provided.

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ID Code: 58258
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: green chemistry, environmental sustainability, climate change, HERN
ISSN: 1832-8342
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Madeleine Schultz
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2013 22:12
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2013 16:02

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