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DUTRA, Fabiana Caetano Martins Silva e; ROBERTO, Williane Martinho; COELHO, Bruna Lopes  and  ALMEIDA, Ricardo. Involvement in sustainable occupations: changes on life habits from spaces of educational practice. Cad. Bras. Ter. Ocup. [online]. 2018, vol.26, n.2, pp.345-355. ISSN 2526-8910.


Daily habits and involvement in occupations can bring impacts to the environment, both in a micro and macro social context. Educational practices related to environmental issues have an important educational nature in order to build a new model of sustainable habits.


This study analyzed, from the perception of participants in socio-educational projects, if spaces of sustainable practices change daily habits and the involvement in occupations that are also sustainable.


In a qualitative approach, open interviews with ten members of university extension projects focused on sustainable practices were held. The content analysis revealed daily habit changes among the participants after they were inserted in the projects.


Reports showed learning and acquiring new knowledge, besides dissemination of this knowledge among friends and family. The interviewees pointed barriers to implement sustainable practices such as lack of knowledge about environmental education, lack of adequate space for waste disposal, self-indulgence of people and authorities, and overconsumption. The participants also confirmed the importance of carrying out university extension projects for their personal and professional growth.


Thus, the spaces of sustainable practices have become an important locus for environmental learning and daily changes aimed healthier and more sustainable habits.

Keywords : Occupational Therapy; Environmental Education; Education Continuing; Sustainable Development; Habits.

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