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Perfiles educativos

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PRADO FUENTES, Sandra Elizabeth  and  PEREZ CAMPUZANO, Enrique. Students' participation in environmental programs within higher education institutions. Perfiles educativos [online]. 2011, vol.33, n.134, pp.77-98. ISSN 0185-2698.

The purpose of this article is to analyze which factors favor and which inhibit the participation of students in a waste management program at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco campus. The authors used a qualitative methodology and applied semi-structured interviews to this program's staff, university authorities and student representatives, and they organized focal groups with students. The participation was proposed following the participation level model of Chávez (2003): information, consultation, decision, control and management. This program's infrastructure, diffusion and structure, the coordination between the campus' departments, the administrative and legislative structure of the university and the students' academic activities were very relevant for the participation. The students take part in the informative and consultative levels. For the decision, control and management levels, the students tend to participate through the student representatives, although this one is not present in environmental programs.

Keywords : Environmental education; Students' participation; Universities; Knowledge; Social influence; Responsibility.

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