Outdoor Education: A Panacea For Environmental Sustainability in Cross River State, Nigeria

Dr. Igwebuike, Osedumme & Agbor, Cassidy Eta


This study evaluated the influence of outdoor education on environmental sustainability in Calabar Education Zone of Cross River State. Outdoor education as learning experience simply implies learning “out-of-door” or outside the conventional classroom learning. This is also termed “outward based education”, as it is mostly done outside. A well organized and arranged outdoor learning experience typically assists individuals in fostering the experience for critical thinking and reflection which is vital for young people to handle the social, financial and environmental challenges of life in the 21st century. To achieve study objectives, two null hypotheses were formulated for the study. One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) analysis was used in testing the formulated hypotheses. The results from the analyses revealed that there is a significant positive relationship between outdoor education and environmental sustainability. The two independent (experiential learning and ecotourism) variables were found to be significantly related to environmental sustainability. The researcher recommended among other things that the education stake holders promote environmental awareness through environmental education from primary education level. This will enhance future environment behaviour on a sustainable side.

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