Next Article in Journal
Preparedness and Multiagency Collaboration—Lessons Learned from a Case Study in the Norwegian Armed Forces
Next Article in Special Issue
Integrative Design Classes for Environmental Sustainability of Interior Architectural Design
Previous Article in Journal
Key Factors Assessment on Bird Strike Density Distribution in Airport Habitats: Spatial Heterogeneity and Geographically Weighted Regression Model
Previous Article in Special Issue
Quality Child–Parent Relationships and Their Impact on Intergenerational Learning and Multiplier Effects in Climate Change Education. Are We Bridging the Knowledge–Action Gap?
Article

Environmental Education in Environmental Engineering: Analysis of the Situation in Colombia and Latin America

1
Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Universidad Santo Tomás, Tunja 150003, Colombia
2
Doctoral School, Education in the Knowledge Society, Universidad de Salamanca, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
3
Department of Applied Mathematics, School of Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Salamanca, Béjar, 37700 Salamanca, Spain
4
Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad de Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
5
Faculty of Administrative and Accounting Economics, Universidad Libre, Bogotá 111711, Colombia
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7239; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187239
Received: 28 July 2020 / Revised: 21 August 2020 / Accepted: 1 September 2020 / Published: 4 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Education for Sustainability)
Environmental education (EE) has become the only tool for environmental sustainability in training processes in Colombia, for basic cycles in primary and secondary, as well as university education. EE tends to transform human actions in nature, based on multidisciplinary knowledge that supports decision-making. Its goal is to generate a change in social behavior in order to achieve the recovery, conservation, and preservation of the environment. In Colombia, education for sustainable development (ESD) is embedded in EE. These educational models (EE and ESD) seek to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs), which generally seek the economic and social well-being of nations, both for current and future generations. Environmental engineering is a relatively new degree course in Colombia and Latin America since it appeared in the mid-nineties, and it must involve EE within its curriculum. Students are trained in this trend. This research intends to demonstrate, through a curricular review of the environmental engineering curricula and also surveying students from this degree, the level of inclusion of EE in Latin America. Strengths are identified in the curricula, such as the strong presence of EE in disciplinary subjects and opportunities for improvement based on the needs of the students. The situation in South America is also included in this study. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental education; education for sustainable development; curriculum improvement environmental education; education for sustainable development; curriculum improvement
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Acosta Castellanos, P.M.; Queiruga-Dios, A.; Hernández Encinas, A.; Acosta, L.C. Environmental Education in Environmental Engineering: Analysis of the Situation in Colombia and Latin America. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7239. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187239

AMA Style

Acosta Castellanos PM, Queiruga-Dios A, Hernández Encinas A, Acosta LC. Environmental Education in Environmental Engineering: Analysis of the Situation in Colombia and Latin America. Sustainability. 2020; 12(18):7239. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187239

Chicago/Turabian Style

Acosta Castellanos, Pedro M., Araceli Queiruga-Dios, Ascensión Hernández Encinas, and Libia C. Acosta. 2020. "Environmental Education in Environmental Engineering: Analysis of the Situation in Colombia and Latin America" Sustainability 12, no. 18: 7239. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187239

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop