A Survey on Cameroon Pre-Service Teacher’s Environmental Literacy

Authors: Jianzhen Zhang*, College of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Lingling Wang, College of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Xinhua Liu , College of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Zijian Xu , Insitute of Education Science, Zhejiang Normal University, KOSSOUMNA LIBA’A Natali, University of Maroua, Cameroon
Topics: Higher Education, Africa, China
Keywords: Environmental knowledge, Attitudes, Behavior, Background factors
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Purpose:Teachers play an important role in the next generation of environmental literacy training, when teachers have sufficient environmental knowledge, environmental attitude and actively concerned about environmental issues, are more likely to develop good environmental literacy of students. Therefore, this research aims to assessing the environmental literacy level of pre-service teachers in Cameroon.
Methods: A structured questionnaire was developed to investigate the environmental literacy (including environmental knowledge, environmental attitudes and environmental behavior) and environmental education needs of pre-service teachers in Cameroon. The reliability and validity of the environmental knowledge, environmental attitudes and environmental behavior were analyzed by Cronbach’s alpha coefficient and factor analysis.
Conclusions: The pre-service teachers possess a relatively moderate level of environmental knowledge, and showed relative positive attitudes to the environment in Cameroon. Simultaneously, the collective action of their personal action with middle level and low level. Besides, the relationship between environmental attitudes and environmental behavior is stronger than environmental knowledge. Additionally, the higher the level of personal values, the stronger the willingness of individuals to pay. These findings will help guide the rational choice of environmental education and the establishment of aid strategy system in the future.

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