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Variables Influencing Pre-Service Teacher Training in Education for Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Two Spanish Universities

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Faculty of Education, University of Balearic Islands, 07122 Palma, Spain
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School of Industrial Engineering, University of Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4412; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164412
Received: 12 July 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 5 August 2019 / Published: 15 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Teacher Education)
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Abstract

This paper analyzed the relationship that certain demographic and educational variables might have on the training in environmental education (EE) received by undergraduate students enrolled in a Degree in Primary Education (DPE) at two Spanish universities. For this purpose, they were given a questionnaire to assess the link between certain personal and educational characteristics relating to the students in the sample (n = 274) and three components of an environmental competence (EC) model: environmental knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. The results indicate that variables like gender, the students’ habitual place of residence, the type of leisure activities they undertook, and some educational factors had a significant impact on the acquisition of the said competencies. In light of these outcomes, the paper reflects on the possible role that non-university contexts might play in environmental education for pre-service teachers. View Full-Text
Keywords: education for sustainable development; environmental education; pre-service teacher training; environmental competencies; influential variables education for sustainable development; environmental education; pre-service teacher training; environmental competencies; influential variables
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Álvarez-García, O.; García-Escudero, L.Á.; Salvà-Mut, F.; Calvo-Sastre, A. Variables Influencing Pre-Service Teacher Training in Education for Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Two Spanish Universities. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4412.

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