Diagnosing knowledge, attitudes and practices for a sustainable campus

W. M. Wan Nur'ashiqin, Ah Choy Er, A. Noraziah, Novel Lyndon, H. Halimaton Saadiah, Amiah @ Amriah Buang

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Abstract

The Agenda 21, a product of Rio Earth Summit 1992, is a blueprint of action for societies to achieve sustainable development. Higher education institutions were to act as trailblazers in the realisation of this mission. This paper scrutinises the development of sustainable campus in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia by diagnosing the domains of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) of this development based on the results of a field survey involving 191 students and 45 staff. Result analyses found the following: (1) Knowledge divergence between the staff and students with regard to UKM being on the path of a sustainable campus, but a convergence of opinions with regard to the introduction of sustainable campus programmes, the adoption of sustainable lifestyle and the preparation towards it despite potential inconvenience, the desirability for sustainability being practiced by the higher UKM administration, and the adoption of a merit and demerit system to boost the acculturation of sustainability in UKM; (2) The existence of a dichotomy between attitudes and practices exemplified by preference for private over public transport in spite of wanting a sustainable campus and the practice of 4R (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle) by staff only. The implication of the findings is the imperative of alignment in the domains of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices for staff and students in the building of a sustainable campus to minimise dichotomies and divergence in the KAP domains but also and to provide for effective sustainability benchmarks not only for UKM but also other campuses pursuing sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume13
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Capacity building
  • Knowledge
  • Practices
  • Sustainable campus

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Diagnosing knowledge, attitudes and practices for a sustainable campus. / Wan Nur'ashiqin, W. M.; Er, Ah Choy; Noraziah, A.; Lyndon, Novel; Halimaton Saadiah, H.; Buang, Amiah @ Amriah.

In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 13, No. 13, 2011, p. 93-98.

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Wan Nur'ashiqin, WM, Er, AC, Noraziah, A, Lyndon, N, Halimaton Saadiah, H & Buang, AA 2011, 'Diagnosing knowledge, attitudes and practices for a sustainable campus', World Applied Sciences Journal, vol. 13, no. 13, pp. 93-98.
Wan Nur'ashiqin, W. M. ; Er, Ah Choy ; Noraziah, A. ; Lyndon, Novel ; Halimaton Saadiah, H. ; Buang, Amiah @ Amriah. / Diagnosing knowledge, attitudes and practices for a sustainable campus. In: World Applied Sciences Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 13, No. 13. pp. 93-98.
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