Secondary students' attitude towards environment issues
Date of Award
Master of Education (M. Ed.)
Institute for Educational Development, Karachi
This small- scale research study was set out with two purposes. The first purpose of the study was to investigate the difference between government and private school students’ attitude towards environmental issues (e.g. pollution of air and water, over use of resources, global changes of the climate etc.) at secondary level in Karachi, Pakistan. Another aim of the study was to find out whether there is a difference between male and female students’ attitude towards environmental issues or not. A total of 312 students (n = 154 girls; n = 158 boys) attending government (n = 151) and private schools (n = 161) located in Karachi participated in the study. Data were collected through an adopted questionnaire “Me and Environmental challenges” (Part D) from the questionnaire- based Relevance of Science Education (ROSE) project. Students were asked to indicate their degree of agreement with each statement in the Questionnaire, from ‘strongly disagrees’ to ‘strongly agree’. Data were analyzed using the non- parametric equivalent of the independent t-test. The results of the study indicate that there were significant differences between government and private schooling systems students’ attitudes. Private school students reported to have a significantly high degree of positive attitude towards environmental issues as compared to their government counterparts. Furthermore, the results of the study indicated that there was no significant difference between male and female students’ attitude towards environmental issues. The results of the study provide significant insights into male and female students’ attitude towards environmental issues towards discipline in both government and private secondary schools. Based on the results of the study, some recommendations have been put forward for policy and practice. Furthermore, the results of the study can be used as a base line for further studies.
Yousuf, A. (2012). Secondary students' attitude towards environment issues (Unpublished master's dissertation). Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.