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Environmental literacy amongyear 5 primary school children in east coast division, Sabah, Malaysia


Wong, Charmaine Andrea and Mohammad Afandi, Syamsul Herman and Ramachandran, Sridar and Shuib, Ahmad and Chan, Jennifer Kim Lian (2017) Environmental literacy amongyear 5 primary school children in east coast division, Sabah, Malaysia. World Applied Sciences Journal, 35. pp. 20-26. ISSN 1818-4952; ESSN: 1991-6426


Environmental Literate individuals are those who are able to perceive and interpret the health of the natural environment and take the required action to ensure that the ecosystem is sustained. This is especially crucial in Sabah where the tourism sector relies heavily on its rich natural biodiversity as a source of economic development. This study determined firstly, the level of environmental literacy in terms of ecological knowledge, disposition, competency and pro-environmental behaviour and secondly, the general level of environmental literacy of Year 5 students. A quantitative questionnaire which included four environmental literacy domains, was used to collect data from 1025 Year 5 students from 17 National Primary schools. Interviews with head teachers and observations were carried out to collect data on the general background of each school and its students. Our findings indicate that the Year 5 students have a moderate level of ecological knowledge, a high level of disposition, a low level of competency and a high level of pro-environmental behaviour. Furthermore, the mean EL score of the Year 5 students are at a moderate level. Based on these findings, implications to current educational policy and practice arise including the need to introduce issue identification and action strategy training into formal primary curriculum and involving students with regular hands-on activities with nature.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5829/idosi/wasj.seiht.2017.20.26
Publisher: IDOSI Publications
Notes: Special issue: Service Experience and Innovation in Hospitality & Tourism
Keywords: Pro-environmental behaviour; Environmental education; Ecological knowledge; Primary school
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 08:51
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 08:51
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/13893
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