Evaluation of environmental attitudes of a sample of Brazilian undergraduate students





Pro-environmental attitudes; Undergraduate students; Environmental education; Future teachers; Sustainable attitudes.


Environmental attitudes are important once they predict environmental behavior and its promotion could help to achieve sustainability. We aimed to evaluate the environmental attitudes of 196 students enrolled in undergraduate courses: biology, chemistry, Portuguese language, and pedagogy, from a Brazilian university. Data were analyzed with three- and four-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). We found that biology students are those that present more pro-environmental attitudes while chemistry students are those with lower pro-environmental attitudes. Gender can also be a factor influencing attitudes, with female and male students differently depending on the course. School year influence also depends on the course. The subjects related to the environment in the curriculum influence student’s attitudes. Thus, we suggest that they should be addressed also to other study areas.

Author Biographies

Gabriela Luisa Schmitz, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

PhD student at Universidade Federal de Santa MAria, RS, Brazil

João Batista Teixeira da Rocha, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Professor at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria


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How to Cite

SCHMITZ, G. L.; ROCHA, J. B. T. da. Evaluation of environmental attitudes of a sample of Brazilian undergraduate students. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 8, n. 12, p. e508121946, 2019. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v8i12.1946. Disponível em: https://rsdjournal.org/index.php/rsd/article/view/1946. Acesso em: 4 jul. 2022.



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