British Journal of Education (BJE)

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Environmental Pollution

The Attitudes of Nigerian Secondary School Teachers and Students towards Environmental Pollution (Published)

The research was carried out to investigate Nigerian Secondary School Teachers and Students’ attitude towards environmental pollution. It also examined Nigerian teachers and students’ attitude towards environmental pollution, considering their gender and location. The research adopted descriptive research of the survey type. The population was made up of all Nigerian Secondary School Teachers and Students. The sample for the study comprised 720 teachers and 1440 students selected through a multistage sampling procedure. Two self-constructed Questionnaires was used to generate data for the study. One for the Teachers is Questionnaire on Teachers Attitude towards environmental pollution (QTAEP) and Questionnaire on Students Attitude towards environmental pollution (QSAEP). It was made up of two sections – Section A which consist the biodata of teacher and students such as Name, Location and Gender. Section B was made up of items to elicit information about their attitudes toward environmental pollution. The instrument’s validity was ascertained by giving it to experts in Biology Education, who are examiners for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) for face and content validity. Their suggestions and corrections were effected. The reliability of the instrument was determined by using Cronbash Alpha Formula. The reliability coefficient of 0.66 and 0.81 was obtained. The data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. It was established from the finding that both teachers and students had a positive attitude towards environmental pollution. It was confirmed from the findings that gender and location had a significant influence on both teachers and students’ attitude toward environmental pollution. Considering the finding from this study, it was recommended that the content of environmental pollution in secondary schools should be more comprehensive. Also, environmental pollution awareness programs should be organised for both teachers and students to enhance their knowledge about environmental pollution and invariably influence their attitude.

Keywords: Attitudes, Environmental Pollution, Science Education, Teachers, science students

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