Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 17 | ARTICLE

Title: EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN UNIVERSITY STUDIES: THE VETERINARY NURSING DEGREE AT THE AGRARIAN SCHOOL OF BRAGANÇA

Author: Alda Matos (alda@ipb.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 17

Abstract:
In the higher education system, environmental awareness is residual. According to the research, although institutions may include the most efficient management models, deficits still exist in the basic functions of teaching, research and extension. This gap motivated the development of this study to analyze a graduate degree (Veterinary Nursing) in higher education (the Agrarian School of Bragança – ESAB), focusing on ways in which environmental topics have been included in the learning and teaching process. Primary and secondary sources of information were used from the 2011-12 academic year. Surveys were distributed to 3rd year students and teachers and members of the decision making board were interviewed. It was concluded that ESAB is an environment-friendly institution in erms of resource management. Nevertheless, and despite having signed agreements related to education for sustainability, plans for adjusting the contents of the courses have not been made. Education for sustainability is part of the course, particularly in terms of Coherence and Reconstruction of Theory and Practice but notably weak in terms of Disciplinary Order: Flexibility and Permeability. Biophysics was the subject that that was furthest from the students’ expectations because they cannot understand its relevance for their training and the relationship between this subject and the other subjects of their degree.

Keywords: Education for Sustainability; Sustainable Development, Environmental Education; Veterinary Nursing, Higher Education.




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