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Advisors: Tesfaye Shiferaw (PHD),
Keywords: Students’ awareness
attitude and intension
urban environmental problems
Addis Ababa
Copyright: Jun-2010
Date Added: 11-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Environmental problems such as air and water pollution, solid waste and climate changes in urban areas are the results of human behavior. Only change in human behavior can reduce these environmental problems. Thus, studying the level of students’ environmental awareness, attitude and intension is an entry point to change this situation among the young generations. Therefore, the objective of the study is to find out students’ level of awareness, attitude and intension in relation to urban environmental problems. As a methodology both secondary and primary data, quantitative and qualitative data have been used. Using stratified sampling method 350 preparatory students were selected for the study. The data were analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics. The research findings indicate that the majority of the students hold moderate level of environmental awareness, favorable attitude and found to have an intension to contribute for environmental improvement. There is no difference in students’ environmental awareness, attitude and intension based on gender and grade level. Relatively higher age groups were found to have better awareness and more favorable attitude, but their intension is the same. Social science students were found to have more favorable attitude and better intension than natural science students, but they are similar in their awareness. Students in the missionary school were found to have more favorable attitude and intension to contribute for environmental protection than private and government schools, but students from private school were found to have better awareness. There was a weak positive bivariate correlation among students’ environmental awareness, attitude and intension. And the predicative power of one dependent variable over the other is also weak. School subjects are the major source of environmental information. Based on the findings it was recommended that, in order to increase students’ environmental awareness, attitude and intension curricula have to be developed in a participatory approach by including the needs and priorities of students and the linkage between schools and the community should be strong.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2998
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