Effect of an Environmental Education Intervention Program on Rural Women's Environmental Practices in Oyo State, Nigeria

By: Oluwaseun Olaitan Olagbaju   Comas Maphosa   Peter Adewale Amosun  

Environmental problems increase on a daily basis due to uncontrolled human activities in the environment. In spite of the level of awareness of environmental education both at the urban and rural areas of the country this has not reduced the environmental disasters that we are experiencing in Nigeria. This study therefore determines the effects of an environmental education intervention programme on rural women's environmental practices. The study adopted a pre-test post-test control group quasi-experimental design with a 2 x 2 x 3 factorial matrix. 215 women were randomly selected from three local governments purposively selected for the study. Instruments used were Environmental Practices Scales Questionnaire (r= 0.70) and Focus Group Discussion Guide. Seven hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Data were subjected to Analysis of Covariance and Scheffe Post-hoc test. Treatment had significant main effect on rural women’s Environmental Practices (F(3, 211) = 58.796, P < 0.05, = .374). This result showed that the treatment I had the greater potency of effecting rural women’s environmental practice, while treatment alone accounted for 58.84% (.713)2 of the variation in rural women’s environmental practice, the independent and moderator variables jointly accounted for 51.98% (.721)2 of the variance observed in the rural women’s environmental practice. No significant effect of religion on rural women’s environmental practice was observed. The environmental intervention programme was effective on rural women environmental practices. It is therefore recommended that the intervention programme used in this study be popularized among women in rural areas in Nigeria.

"Environmental Education Intervention Program", " Rural Women's Environmental Practices"
Civic, Political, and Community Studies
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Oluwaseun Olaitan Olagbaju

Prof. Comas Maphosa

-, -, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
South Africa

Prof C. Maphosa is a research professors in the faculty of education, University of Fort Hare, South Africa. His teaching areas of specialisation are: Curriculum Studies, Educational Management, Higher Education Studies, Research Methods.Also, his Research Interests are: Curriculum Issues at primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, Educational Management, Higher Education Studies.

Dr. Peter Adewale Amosun

-, -, University of ibadan, United States
Illinois, United States

I am a senior lecturer at University of Ibadan, Nigeria