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      Assessing the sustainability content of the Nigerian engineering curriculum

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      International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
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          Abstract

          Purpose

          The purpose of this study is to present an assessment of the sustainability content of the Nigerian engineering curriculum in universities.

          Design/methodology/approach

          Content analysis is used to generate and analyse data from three engineering documents, namely, the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards for Engineering Programmes in Nigeria and the engineering handbooks of two Nigerian higher education institutions.

          Findings

          The Nigerian engineering curriculum is revealed to have a low sustainability content, with environmental concepts being the most cited themes and social topics as the least stated issues.

          Research limitations/implications

          The sustainability assessment approach adopted in the study is constrained by the question of what constitutes a sustainability syllabus. Expert-derived sustainability themes used in the study are unavoidably incomplete and may limit the conduct of an exhaustive sustainability content assessment.

          Practical implications

          Based on the research outcome, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria and other stakeholders can consider ways to adequately incorporate sustainability themes in the Nigerian engineering curriculum.

          Originality/value

          The research is an effort to determine the presence of sustainability issues in the Nigerian engineering education, which has hitherto been scarcely documented. This study provides a baseline and a rationale for sustainability education interventions in the Nigerian engineering curriculum. It also presents a methodology for analysing sustainability content in university curriculum and contributes to the continuing sustainability education discourse, especially in relation to sub-Saharan Africa.

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                Journal
                International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
                IJSHE
                Emerald
                1467-6370
                1467-6370
                May 07 2019
                May 07 2019
                : 20
                : 4
                : 590-613
                Article
                10.1108/IJSHE-11-2018-0217
                554039f4-ebb8-4a90-92a9-ea300a374273
                © 2019

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