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Analysis of sustainability insertion in materials selection courses of engineering undergraduate programmes

Zanitt, JF, Rampasso, IS, Quelhas, OLG, Serafim, MP, Leal Filho, W and Anholon, R (2021) Analysis of sustainability insertion in materials selection courses of engineering undergraduate programmes. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. ISSN 1467-6370

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to analyse how the materials selection courses of engineering undergraduate programmes can be better aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Design/methodology/approach: Initially, a content analysis was performed in 39 materials selection course descriptions from 40 engineering undergraduate programmes of Brazilian higher education institutions, and subsequently, Delphi method procedures were conducted with professors that teach or have taught the course and are knowledgeable in the subject of sustainability. Findings: Considering the analysed course descriptions, it was shown that most of the materials selection courses do not consider or present little emphasis on sustainability aspects. Regarding the Delphi method, eight items were evidenced to consider sustainability aspects in the analysed courses. Originality/value: This study contributes to the debates about sustainability insertion in engineering undergraduate programmes. More specifically, the findings presented consolidated information that professors and coordinators can use to align materials selection courses with the SDGs better.

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