What does it mean to be engaged? The engagement of student engineers with sustainability: A literature review

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Purpose – Student engagement has become increasingly significant in sustainability education for
engineers because it enables future engineers to develop competencies, knowledge and values relevant to acting for sustainability. Therefore, this paper aims to examine characteristics of student engineer engagement with sustainability and to discuss the meanings of this concept.
Design/methodology/approach – To build a more holistic picture of student engineer engagement with sustainability, this study followed a literature review approach to search, screen and appraise relevant journal articles on this topic. As a result of this research, 30 articles were identified as eligible.
Findings – Based on the theoretical framework for student engagement with sustainability, newly
synthesized here, and the content analysis of the 30 papers included in this study, four patterns of engagement were identified: intrapersonal engagement, inter-relational engagement, engagement as connection and disconnection and situated engagement.
Practical implications – This review provides practical recommendations about how to support the
engagement of student engineers with sustainability at the levels of the individual, staff, educational
programmes and associated curricula. Future research directions are also discussed.
Originality/value – This study contributes a theoretical framework synthesizing student engagement
theory with sustainability education. It also describes current characteristics of student engineers’
engagement with sustainability.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
StatusAccepteret/In press - maj 2024