Impact of Teaching Environmental Science (ES) On the Knowledge and Attitude Of Bhutanese Higher Secondary Students Towards the Environment
Keywords:Environmental Science, Sustainability, Awareness, Effects
Providing individuals with environmental awareness from a young age is important for a liveable and sustainable world. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of teaching Environmental Science (ES) to classes IX-XII students. A convergent mixed method design guided by the pragmatism worldview was adopted for the study. Quantitative data were gathered from 130 participants and qualitative data from 5 students and 5 teachers from a higher secondary school. A descriptive and inferential statistics were used for quantitative data and the qualitative data were analysed through identification of themes. The results showed that students had a high degree of understanding and a positive attitude in environmental science and environment. Additionally, it was noted that there is little to no correlation between their knowledge and attitude about the environment. Thus, it was determined that students, particularly those in high schools, are being encouraged to develop their environmental literacy in order to promote the study of Environmental Science. Therefore, more efforts need be made to encourage ES at all levels of the schools to ensure effective implementation of the curriculum in the nation's sustainable development goals.