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Greening the Building Construction Industry: Sustainability Consciousness of Building Technology Education Would-Be Professionals

Despite the growing global emphasis on sustainable construction practices and the increasing urgency to minimize the environmental footprint of the construction industry, there remains a critical question mark regarding the preparedness, knowledge, and awareness of certain future professionals – Building Technology Education students. The lack of clarity on whether these students possess adequate knowledge, skills, and a mindset geared towards eco-friendly practices forms the crux of the problem. This study aimed to investigate and address this gap in understanding the sustainability consciousness of Building Technology Education students using a descriptive survey design and adopted the Sustainability Consciousness Questionnaire (SCQ) as an instrument for data collection. Cronbach alpha reliability test of the instrument yielded a satisfactory α = 0.841. Findings across knowingness, attitudes, and behaviours related to sustainability, reveal that students demonstrated alignment and agreement, indicating not only a robust understanding of sustainability concepts but also a positive inclination and active engagement in behaviours supporting sustainability initiatives. Moreover, comparing academic years revealed a significant difference in sustainability consciousness between final-year students and those in earlier academic stages. This highlights the evolving nature of sustainability awareness throughout the educational journey, suggesting that sustainability consciousness becomes more pronounced as a student progresses in study. These insights are invaluable for educators, institutions, and policymakers, indicating the need for continuous reinforcement of sustainability education and practices throughout the BTE curriculum to foster a more comprehensive and consistent sustainability consciousness among these future professionals, towards greening the building construction industry.

Sustainability, Greening, Sustainability Consciousness, Building Technology Education

APA Style

Chukwu, D. U., Okereke, G. K., Ojo, S. A., Okekpa, A. A., Vershima, M. N., et al. (2024). Greening the Building Construction Industry: Sustainability Consciousness of Building Technology Education Would-Be Professionals. Humanities and Social Sciences, 12(1), 13-18. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.hss.20241201.12

ACS Style

Chukwu, D. U.; Okereke, G. K.; Ojo, S. A.; Okekpa, A. A.; Vershima, M. N., et al. Greening the Building Construction Industry: Sustainability Consciousness of Building Technology Education Would-Be Professionals. Humanit. Soc. Sci. 2024, 12(1), 13-18. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20241201.12

AMA Style

Chukwu DU, Okereke GK, Ojo SA, Okekpa AA, Vershima MN, et al. Greening the Building Construction Industry: Sustainability Consciousness of Building Technology Education Would-Be Professionals. Humanit Soc Sci. 2024;12(1):13-18. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20241201.12

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