Environmental citizenship: What level of knowledge, attitude, skill and participation the students own?

Tamby Subahan Mohd Meerah, Lilia Halim, Thiagarajan Nadeson

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Abstract

Now-a-days people think of their responsibility to maintain and protect the environment and this is the responsibility of all including the government, private sectors and individuals. The concept of Environmental Citizenship (EC) redefines the relationship of people and nature and reiterates that environmental conservation is everybody's sole responsibility at all time, based on one's life choices in minimizing ecological impact on earth. In light of this, this study is designed around the concept of EC that gravitates around the Malaysian primary and secondary school student's knowledge, attitude, skills and participation in their daily activities and lifestyles that may bring a positive or negative impact on the environment. Both quantitative and qualitative research approaches were used in this study. The quantitative technique took on the form of a survey administration where 2853 Year-5 primary and secondary school students participated. Qualitative data was collected by open-ended response of the students. The findings determine that the current environmental citizenship level of students is low to moderate. There are many areas within EC domain where students' level of Knowledge, attitude, skills and participation must be increased to reach expected EC level. In a wider perspective, this study hopes to act as leverage towards more emphasis of EE by Ministry of Education (MOE) in the science curriculum. Most importantly, the findings will also enable the stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions on the contributory factors that can improve the current EC among students, be it budget, Environmental Education (EE) materials or even an EE policy statement in the National Education Policy (NEP).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Pages5715-5719
Number of pages5
Volume2
Edition2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2010 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 Feb 20108 Feb 2010

Other

Other2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2010
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period4/2/108/2/10

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level of knowledge
citizenship
Students
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environmental education
Education
student
responsibility
primary school
Hope
secondary school
Environmental Policy
Private Sector
Qualitative Research
Ministry of Education
quantitative research
Budgets
research approach
Curriculum
qualitative research

Keywords

  • Distance Education
  • IRRODL
  • Open Source Journals
  • TOJDE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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Meerah, T. S. M., Halim, L., & Nadeson, T. (2010). Environmental citizenship: What level of knowledge, attitude, skill and participation the students own? In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 ed., Vol. 2, pp. 5715-5719) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.933

Environmental citizenship : What level of knowledge, attitude, skill and participation the students own? / Meerah, Tamby Subahan Mohd; Halim, Lilia; Nadeson, Thiagarajan.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 2 2. ed. 2010. p. 5715-5719.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Meerah, TSM, Halim, L & Nadeson, T 2010, Environmental citizenship: What level of knowledge, attitude, skill and participation the students own? in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2 edn, vol. 2, pp. 5715-5719, 2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2010, Istanbul, Turkey, 4/2/10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.933
Meerah, Tamby Subahan Mohd ; Halim, Lilia ; Nadeson, Thiagarajan. / Environmental citizenship : What level of knowledge, attitude, skill and participation the students own?. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 2 2. ed. 2010. pp. 5715-5719
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