Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Heart of the Matter: A Candid Conversation about Campus Sustainability
by Arnett, Megan, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 118; 10608356
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines reasons for participation and barriers or obstacles to participation in sustainability-based organizations at a mid-size publicly-funded state university in the Mid-West. Based on participant observations and qualitative interviews with students, faculty, staff, and administration, this project examines the intra- and interpersonal factors associated with identity formation related to participation: alternative forms of educational pedagogy in relation to sustainability or environmental curriculum: collective action and resource mobilization as a means of increasing student awareness and participation in sustainability-based initiatives and activities on campus and among the greater community surrounding the campus: and finally, the specific dialogue in which sustainability is discussed and the ways in which this impacts the overall perception of sustainability as a concept and a movement. Due to the lack of participation among students in sustainability-based organizations and initiatives, this study explores barriers to participation and possible alternatives for increased engagement within diverse areas of the students experience to enhance this area of personal and educational development.

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Advisor: Frey Spurlock, Connie
Commitee: Abusharbain, Elaine, Hedley, Mark
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Environmental education, Sociology
Keywords: Campus sustainability, Environmental education, Social movements
Publication Number: 10608356
ISBN: 978-0-355-16877-8
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