Sustainability status of student intake: seeking feedback on survey design

Posted on February 28, 2008


thinkandactWe are preparing a survey to be administered in conjunction with the First Impressions Survey (second week in March). By surveying all incoming students across the institution we’re aiming to create a benchmark that will enable us to follow student progress throughout their education, and possibly beyond. In the first instance finding out what they know/think now will help us implement our “every graduate” vision.

The questionnaire includes two international benchmarks: the revised New Environmental Paradigm Scale (Dunlap et al. 2000); and questions taken from an international study into young people and the environment (Fien et al. 2002); and an adaptation of a Personal Meaning Map (Storksdieck et al. 2005).

We’re getting close to what we hope is a final draft so I invite your feedback (pdf). The survey will be printed (on folded A3 making a booklet) and online. There will be a brief introduction letter.


Dunlap, R., Van Liere, K., Mertig, A. and Emmet Jones , R. (2000) NewTrends in Measuring Environmental Attitudes: Measuring Endorsement of the New Ecological Paradigm: A Revised NEP Scale, Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 56, No. 3, pp. 425-442.

Fien, J., Yenken, D. and Sykes, H. (Eds)(2002) Young People and the Environment: An Asia-Pacific Perspective, Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht.

Storksdieck, M., Ellenbogen, K. and Heimlich, J. (2005) Changing minds? Reassessing outcomes in free-choice environmental education, Environmental Education Research, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 353-369.