A nationwide survey evaluating the environmental literacy of undergraduate students in Taiwan

Shih Wu Liang, Wei Ta Fang, Shin Cheng Yeh, Shiang Yao Liu, Huei Min Tsai, Jui Yu Chou, Eric Ng

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The aim of this nationwide survey was to assess undergraduate students' environmental literacy level in Taiwan. A total of 29,498 valid responses were received from a number of selected colleges and universities in Taiwan, using stratified random sampling method. A total of 70 items were used to assess the environmental literacy and the results revealed that undergraduate students had a relatively low level of environmental knowledge and behavior, while a moderate level of environmental attitudes was attained. The findings also indicated no significant correlations between knowledge and attitudes or between knowledge and behavior. However, a higher level of environmental knowledge correlated significantly with a higher degree of pro-environmental behavior, and a higher level of environmental knowledge correlated with stronger attitudes. The results also suggested that females outperformed the males in all categories. Results from this study could contribute towards further relevant policy discussion and decision-making, curriculum design and development to the improvement of environmental education in the higher education sector.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1730
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 25


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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