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TitleCurriculum and Social Responsibility : a comparative study of perceptions of engineering students from four universities
Author(s)Teixeira, Liliana
Morgado, José Carlos
Hattum-Janssen, Natascha van
Sánchez-Fernández, María Dolores
Caires, Susana
Issue date19-Oct-2013
Abstract(s)ln a time when concerns about sustainability are being discussed on a global scale, such as the Rio +20 last year, is important to discuss Social Responsibility (SR) in Higher Education, because lnstitutions of Higher Education train the coming generations of citizens and have the expertise in ali fields of research {CRE-COPERNICUS, 1994 cited by Wright, 2004). We consider that Universities have responsibilities in contributing to incorporation of values related to Social Responsibility, in framing the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. The field of engineering is a key field to creating a sustainable future, because it's graduated h ave a major impact in environmental, economic and social terms. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development {WBCSD), since its beginning in 1995, faces the challenges of sustainable development based on three inseparable pillars: generation of economic wealth, environmental improvement and social responsibility, the third strongly present in the international politicai agenda (Holmes & Watts, 2000). Hence, the relevance of the present study. The purpose of this study is to compare perceptions of engineering students from four universitiesMinho (Portugal), Corufía {Spain) and Aguascalientes and Guanajuato (Mexico) about the presence of SR at the University and in the respective degree program. These institutions collaborate in an international research project on Social Responsibility in Higher Education that aims to contribute to a comparison of SR existing perspectives and curriculum innovation in various professional areas, along with contributing to the lbero-American connections.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:CIEd - Textos em volumes de atas de encontros científicos nacionais e internacionais

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