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dc.contributor.authorManresa, Alba
dc.contributor.authorBerbegal-Mirabent, Jasmina
dc.contributor.authorFaura-Martínez, Ursula
dc.contributor.authorLlinares-Ciscar, Juan-Vicente
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-02T13:57:32Z
dc.date.available2021-09-02T13:57:32Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationManresa, Alba; Berbegal-Mirabent, Jasmina; Faura-Martínez, Úrsula [et al.]. What do freshmen know about sustainability? Analysing the skill gap among university business administration students. Sustainability, 2021, 13(16). Disponible en: <https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/16/8813>. Fecha de acceso: 2 sep. 2021. DOI: 10.3390/su13168813ca
dc.identifier.issn2071-1050ca
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12328/2744
dc.description.abstractThis study aims at creating and validating an instrument to assess the level of mastery in sustainability competencies of freshmen students in business-related studies. To reach this goal, a questionnaire that captures the level of acquisition of the competencies in sustainability is provided. A three-step process has been followed to analyse the results gathered among first-year students in two Spanish universities. First, eight confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to verify the grouping of the dimensions included in the questionnaire, resulting in 10 competency units in sustainability (CU). Next, we averaged the values of the items included in each CU to facilitate interpretation and then calculated the skill gap; that is, the difference between the level that CU students are expected to achieve on graduation compared to the current level. Third, a series of ANOVA tests were run to investigate potential differences in the level of acquisition due to gender, prior training and educational background, which according to the literature might influence current student knowledge of sustainability. Our results reveal that freshmen enter university with a heterogeneous level of development, both in terms of breadth (different CUs) and depth (the extent to which each CU is developed). The original value of this work stems from the creation of an instrument which is expected to be applicable in a variety of contexts. Additionally, the information it provides assists us in the identification of the CUs that should be further emphasized at university level, and therefore helps professors to prioritise those teaching strategies targeted at overcoming this deficit.en
dc.format.extent21ca
dc.language.isoengca
dc.publisherMDPIca
dc.relation.ispartofSustainabilityca
dc.relation.ispartofseries13;16
dc.rightsThis is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject.otherEducació superiorca
dc.subject.otherCurrículum per a la sostenibilitatca
dc.subject.otherCompetències de sostenibilitatca
dc.subject.otherEmpresa i administracióca
dc.subject.otherBretxa d’habilitatca
dc.subject.otherEducación más altaes
dc.subject.otherPlan de estudios para la sostenibilidades
dc.subject.otherCompetencias de sostenibilidades
dc.subject.otherNegocios y administraciónes
dc.subject.otherBrecha de habilidadeses
dc.subject.otherHigher educationen
dc.subject.otherCurriculum for sustainabilityen
dc.subject.otherSustainability competenciesen
dc.subject.otherBusiness and administrationen
dc.subject.otherSkill gapca
dc.titleWhat do freshmen know about sustainability? Analysing the skill gap among university business administration studentsen
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/articleca
dc.description.versioninfo:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersionca
dc.rights.accessLevelinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.embargo.termscapca
dc.subject.udc37ca
dc.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su13168813ca


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