Exploring the perceptions and practices of pre-service Teachers for environmental consciousness in Punjab





Environmental Consciousness, Pre-service Teachers, Environmental Education, Practices


Present study aimed to assess the perceptions, beliefs and practices of pre-service teachers regarding environmental consciousness. It followed a survey research design to find out the frequencies/ percentages of the respondents. Accessible population of this research included the pre-service teachers of public sector teacher education universities of Punjab. A sample of 350 respondents was selected using a stratified sampling technique. An adapted questionnaire was used for getting the responses of pre-service teachers regarding their knowledge of environmental consciousness. The study concluded that inclusion of environmental education into syllabus and active role of teachers in environmental protection were the major perceptions of pre-service teachers. Similarly, major beliefs involved consciousness helps students explore relationship between environmental education and social issues, strict actions strict action against organization producing pollution and equal effect of environmental pollution on every individual. Female teachers were more involved in ensuring clean environment as compared to male pre-service teachers. It was recommended that policy makers should focus to include environmental education as an essential part of the curriculum of teacher education programs. Male teachers are required more to improve practices regarding environmental consciousness. 


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