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Knowledge, attitudes and practices of sustainability in two university populations, Colombia

Walter Salas-Zapata (School of Microbiology, University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia)
Jaiberth Antonio Cardona-Arias (School of Microbiology, University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia) (School of Medicine, Co-operative University of Colombia, Medellín, Colombia)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 2 September 2020

Issue publication date: 7 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The objective of this study was to analyze knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) on the sustainability in two populations of university students.

Design/methodology/approach

A cross-sectional analytical study with university students.

Findings

The scale employed showed remarkable psychometric properties of reproducibility and validity. Besides, KAP levels were found to be related in the studied population, with higher levels of knowledge and attitudes than those of practice. Knowledge was found to be related to educational cycle and age, attitudes with sex and age and practices with age.

Originality/value

This is one of the few studies in the field of KAP related to sustainability and environmental issues in using a validated psychometric scale. As a consequence, this study also offers methodological details necessary to make comparisons with similar populations in other countries.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they do not have conflict of interests.Funding: This work was funded by Co-operative University of Colombia (Medellin) and University of Antioquia.

Citation

Salas-Zapata, W. and Cardona-Arias, J.A. (2021), "Knowledge, attitudes and practices of sustainability in two university populations, Colombia", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 914-924. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-05-2020-0119

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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