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Education, environmental attitudes and the design professions.
A masters thesis.
Ithaca, NY
Ithaca, Cornell University, M.S., 2006

As the concept of sustainability continues to become more popular within society, a number of different professions are called on to help champion the movement. With the resource strain inflicted by the construction industry alone, dedicated architects and interior designers are important players in forward progress. Though many organizations and associations have been created to help the building industry embrace sustainability both practically and theoretically, the actual implementation of green building practices in construction has been minimal. The main focus of this study is to look at the influence of undergraduate education on designers′ interest in sustainable design. Additional interest was in environmental attitudes and the impact of interpersonal relations on those attitudes. Self-proclaimed practitioners in the green building industry were surveyed through a specified email list of the United States Green Building Council. The survey was web-based and addressed issues including environmental attitudes, undergraduate education and professional training. Dunlap and Catton′s widely-used New Ecological Paradigm scale was included to measure proenvironmental orientation of the professionals. Contrary to the main hypothesis of the study, undergraduate education was not seen by subjects to be a fundamental force in the decision to concentrate on sustainability. A number of educational elements typically seen in environmental education, including interpersonal interactions, were mentioned by subjects as substantially influential and are therefore explored.
Inhaltsverzeichnis :
Biographical Sketch


Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Abbreviations

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Sociology
2.1 About Environmentalism and Sustainability
2.1.1 A History of Environmentalism
2.1.2 Sustainability
2.2 Green Design
2.3 Environmental Sociology
2.3.1 Environmental Sociology and the NEP Scale
2.3.1-1 HEP/NEP and the Design Practice
2.3.1-2 Classical Sociological Influence
2.3.2 Environmental Concern and Behavior
2.3.3 Environmental Attitude

Chapter Three: Education
3.1 Environmental Education
3.1.1 Educational Paradigms
3.1.2 Elements of Environmental Education
3.1.2-1 Critical Thinking
3.1.2-2 Systems Thinking
3.1.2-3 Regionalism
3.1.2-4 Participatory Education
3.1.2-5 Informal Influences
3.2 Design Education
3.2.1 History and Reputation
3.2.2 Combining Design Education with Ecology

Chapter Four: Methodology
4.1 Objectives and Hypotheses
4.2 Research Design
4.2.1 Pilot Surveys
4.2.2 Subjects

Chapter Five: Results
5.1 NEP Scale
5.2 Education
5.3 Professional Interests
5.4 Additional Influences

Chapter Six: Discussion
6.1 Hypotheses
6.1.1 Hypothesis One – NEP
6.1.2 Hypothesis Two – Education
6.1.3 Hypothesis Three – Personal Interactions
6.2 Limitations of Current Study
6.3 Future Research and Implications
6.4 Conclusion

Appendix A: Critical Thinking Steps
Appendix B: An Academic Bill of Rights
Appendix C: NEP Scale
Appendix D: Pilot Survey
Appendix E: Preliminary Survey
Appendix F: Final Survey

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