Measurement of sustainable attitudes: A scale for business students

María Angela Prialé, Angela Vera Ruiz, Agustin Espinosa, Joanna Noelia Kamiche Zegarra, Gustavo Adolfo Yepes López, Adrián Marcelo Darmohraj, Carlos Ivan Flores Venturi

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to present the development and validation of a scale to measure the attitudes of Latin American business students toward sustainable management practices in the economic, social and environmental dimensions. Design/methodology/approach: Using a nonprobabilistic sample, the appreciation for sustainable practices in students (ASP-S) scale was administered to a total of 653 undergraduate and graduate business students in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. A range of psychometric validity (construct, convergent and discriminant) and reliability criteria were applied. Findings: Construct, convergent and discriminant validity was obtained from the ASP-S scale across all samples. During the internal validation process, two factors were found: systemic consciousness (ten items) and sustainable business leadership (nine items), both of which obtained acceptable reliability indices. The resulting structure is equivalent in all four countries. Originality/value: The instrument can be applied by educators and learning assurance areas to diagnose and measure the effectiveness of pedagogical strategies used in sustainability courses taught at Latin American business schools. As a result, it has applications for curriculum design. As a valid and reliable instrument set in the context of regional business praxis, it can promote an understanding of sustainable behaviors and practices in future Latin American leaders.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2024

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Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Business students
  • Education for sustainability
  • Scale validation
  • Sustainability

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