Akinnubi R.T and Emmanuel Faith Igwe

Department of Physics, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo

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This study examined the level of awareness and effectiveness of environmental education among tertiary students in Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo. A self- designed, structured questionnaire was used on a sample of one hundred (100) students to elicit information from them on their knowledge of environmental education. Mean, standard deviation and t-test were employed to analyze the data obtained. The analysis of data using t-test indicated differences in levels of environmental awareness among gender and types of school. The study also found that most students were aware of the key environmental issues and they also understood the causes of some of these environmental issues. The study further found that students had ideas about the problems facing the effectiveness of environmental education. This data was used as a springboard for exploring ways by which environmental education (EE) in tertiary institutions might capitalize on student knowledge, and hence progress towards environmental action taking; and how this might occur through tertiary students being nurtured into the role of informed decision-makers and action-takers. Furthermore, it is therefore recommended that interactive teaching methodologies should be adopted in enhancing active teaching and learning of Environmental Education. The study finally concluded that environmental education in tertiary schools must be given equal importance like other conventional courses so that students who are the future citizens must be encouraged in eco- friendly activities for solving environmental problems.

Keywords: Environment, Education, Awareness, Effectiveness, Tertiary students