COMPARISON BETWEEN THE IMPORTANCE THAT STUDENTS GIVE TO ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS FOR THEIR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE BILBAO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING IN THIS FIELD
University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 14th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2022
Location: Palma, Spain
Abstract:The future of the planet depends, among other aspects, on our environmental awareness. For this reason, it is included as a transversal competence in many university degrees. In the present work, we have made an analysis of the degree of environmental awareness of the students in the degrees of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronic and Automatic Engineering of the School of Engineering of Bilbao. To do this, we have analyzed the importance they believe the environment has in the development of their future job performance in the field of engineering. Given this aspect, we have tried to compare such importance with the work that is currently being carried out with these students in this field. To this end, two aspects have been studied that we consider fundamental in the training of students for the development of this competence in sensitivity to the environment: on the one hand, the work carried out by the Bilbao School of Engineering as an institution and the degree of perception that this has the student body. On the other hand, we have studied the information offered by the programming of several subjects on environmental competence and the degree of perception that students have of the inculcation that they are receiving during their learning process in said subjects and throughout the grade, taking into account the different forms of learning: master classes, laboratories, projects... The result leads us to think of an imbalance, which will have to be revealed so that corrective measures are put in place as soon as possible so that these future engineers have more arguments and awareness to combat climate change from our beloved profession, what is coming right now.
Keywords: Environmental awareness, engineering students, university.