Environmental sensitivity and earth science performance of the first year Teacher Education students

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Author: Barrientos, Aldrex A.

Accession Number: 1590T

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Copyright Year: 2014

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This research determine the environmental sensitivity and earth science performance of first year teacher education students. The respondents of the study were the 156 randomly selected first year teacher education students taking Science 2 (Earth Science) course during the second semester of the academic year 2013-2014 of a state university. This research utilized a researcher-made test to measure the environmental sensitivity of the respondents, and the final grades of students in Earth Science to measure the respondents' performance in the course. The statistical tools employed were mean, percentage, frequency, and standard deviation for descriptive analysis and; t-test for independent samples, One-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), and Pearson's for inferential analysis, all of which were set at 0.05 level of significance. Moreover, triangulation method was used in analyzing the qualitative data gathered. The study revealed that the environmental sensitivity of the first year teacher education students as an entire group and when categorized according to area of specialization, sex, home location, and previous academic performance was "average." The Earth Science performance of the first year teacher education students when they were taken as an entire group and when they were classified according to the variables of the study was "good." It was also revealed that the Earth Science Performance of first year teacher education students varied significantly across area of specialization and previous academic performance but variations across sex and home location were not found to be statistically significant. Furthermore, there were no significant differences in the environmental sensitivity of the first year teacher education students were categorized according to area of specialization, sex, and previous academic performance; however their environmental sensitivity differed significantly across home location. A significant, positive, but weak relationship between environmental sensitivity and Earth Science Performance of the first year teacher education students were observed.


Keywords: Environmental sensitivity and earth science performance

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