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The Impact of the Process of Academic Education on Differences in Landscape Perception between the Students of Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering

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Institute of Environmental Engineering, University of Zielona Góra, 65-417 Zielona Góra, Poland
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Institute of Civil Engineering, University of Zielona Góra, 65-417 Zielona Góra, Poland
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Land 2020, 9(6), 188; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9060188
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 5 June 2020 / Accepted: 6 June 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
As technical and technological progress takes place, there is dissonance between teaching good engineering and technological techniques and respect for the landscape. Engineering students are educated to act as initiators and performers of activities that change space. The purpose of this study is to answer question regarding how the engineering students recognize problems related to shaping the landscape. In the years 2012–2015, surveys were conducted in a group of 274 students of the University in their final year of environmental engineering and civil engineering studies, in order to find the main characteristics related to the problem. Students tended to assess the landscape in a manner determined by their education in natural science—emphasizing the division between the well-shaped natural landscape and the malformed anthropogenic one. There were differences between the groups of students—civil engineering students noticed the qualities of architectural objects and shaped greenery in their perception of the landscape in urban areas more often than the environmental engineering students did. There were no differences in the perception of the landscape in rural areas. The harmonious landscape was described as rural, modern, undeveloped and common. The landscape regarded as degraded was built-up and common. There were no changes in the perception of the landscape resulting from the educational profile among the environmental engineering students. The time has come to change methods of teaching the students of engineering and technical sciences about the landscape. This should result in an improvement in their perception of landscape phenomena. View Full-Text
Keywords: technical and environmental engineering; landscape perception; landscape education technical and environmental engineering; landscape perception; landscape education
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Greinert, A.; Mrówczyńska, M. The Impact of the Process of Academic Education on Differences in Landscape Perception between the Students of Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering. Land 2020, 9, 188.

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