Teachability of Environmental Education in Post-Secondary School in Nigeria, A Case of Calabar Municipality Cross River State, Nigeria

Dr. John Okpa Ukwetang and Dr. Cassidy Agbor


The purpose of this study was to explore how teachability of environmental education relates to students environmental morality in post public senior secondary schools Nigeria, a case study of Calabar Municipal of Cross River State. The need of this study was born out of the situation where conservation and positive environmental behaviour, such as the beautification of residences and establishments through planting of flowers and proper landscaping, is considered by students as a discipline above their level. Students in this level view positive conservation behaviour as a responsibility of government agencies and NGOs, and not as a contributory obligation that involved all persons, including students at the post primary school level of education. This situation is believed to be rooted in the lack of conservation education, which is breeds lack of value for the environment. To achieve the aim of this study, one hypothesis was generated from the research questions to direct the study. Literature review of both theoretical and empirical studies was done based on the study under consideration. Ex-post facto design was used hence the researchers had no control and manipulation over the independent variable at the time of investigation. A total of three hundred (300) sample of respondents (students) from thirteen (13) post public senior secondary schools, comprising one hundred and fifty-seven (157) females and one hundred and forty-four (144) males were used for the study. Questionnaire was administered, containing fifteen (15) items. Data were collected, scored, coded and analysed using Pearson product moment correlation coefficient analysis at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the finding revealed that there is a significant relationship between teachability of environmental education and students’ environmental morality in Nigerian post primary schools. Based on this finding, it was recommended among others that there should develop conservation education curriculum as a subject matter in post-secondary schools in Nigeria for effective teaching about the nature of environment.

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