Environmentally responsible behaviors of pre-service science educators in a State University in Central Visayas, Philippines

Paper Details

Research Paper 01/07/2021
Views (379) Download (62)

Environmentally responsible behaviors of pre-service science educators in a State University in Central Visayas, Philippines

Zainon C. Yaun, Maria Roselin L. Delima, Christine A. Casul, Aubrey Belle S. Ynot, Angelica A. Torrefranca, Eric Jhay S. Visitacion, Naomi B. Madaiton, John Bert A. Ursal, Rex Vincent V. Mabuting, Jea Marie M. Malingin, Anthony James P. Yaun, Camille Joyce E. Dela Torre, Joje Mar P. Sanchez
J. Bio. Env. Sci.19( 1), 88-96, July 2021.
Certificate: JBES 2021 [Generate Certificate]


Behavior towards the environment greatly contributes to things that matter in time when preservation and conservation movements are addressed. This research study sought to determine the environmentally responsible behaviors of pre-service Science educators. This research utilized a non-experimental quantitative design through survey of a 32-item questionnaire. Data were gathered and results were accumulated. Pre-service Science educators showed Very High Awareness on most of the Philippine laws and university regulations prioritizing the welfare of the environment. When it comes to implementation, respondents had Very Highly Implemented action, enforcement and support. The levels of implementation between these environmentally responsible behaviors did not possess significant difference. Awareness to laws and regulations did not exhibit relationship with environmentally responsible behaviors. Overall, Pre-service Science educators possess environmental behaviors, which make them environmentally literate. With this, they shall serve as role models to enhance conservation and preservation of the environment as recommended.


Ayilara MS, Olanrewaju OS, Babalola OO, Odeyemi O. 2020. Waste management through composting: Challenges and potentials. Sustainability 12, 4456. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su12114456

Briguglio M. 2016. Household cooperation in waste management: Initial conditions and intervention. Journal of Economic Surveys 30(3), 497-525.

Britannica, Editors of Encyclopaedia T. 2020. Environment. Encyclopaedia Britannica. https://www. britannica.com/science/environment

Eom K, Kim HS, Sherman DK, Ishii K. 2016. Cultural variability in the link between environmental concern and support for environmental action. Psychological Science 27(10), 1331-1339.

Erdogan M, Kostova Z, Marcinkowski T. 2009. Components of environmental literacy in elementary science education curriculum in Bulgaria and Turkey. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education 5(1), 15-26.

Goldman D, Yavetz B, Pe’er S. 2006. Environmental literacy in teacher training in Israel: Environmental behaviors of new students. Journal of Environmental Education 38(1), 3-22

Goulgouti A, Plakitsi A, Stylos G. 2019. Environmental literacy: Evaluating knowledge, affect, and behavior or pre-service teachers in Greece. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education 15(1), e02202.

Hollweg KS, Taylor JR, Bybee RW, Marcinkowski TJ, mcBeth WC, Zoido P. 2011. Developing a framework for assessing environmental literacy. Washington, DC: North American Association for Environmental Education.

Koc I, Kuvac M. 2016. Preservice science teachers’ attitudes toward the environment. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education 11(13), 5925-5941.

Liu S, Yeh S, Liang S, Fang W, Tsai H. 2015. A national investigation of teachers’ environmental literacy as a reference for promoting environmental education in Taiwan. The Journal of Environmental Education 46(2), 114-132.

McMIllan JH. 2003. Understanding and improving teachers’ classroom assessment decision making: Implications for theory and practice. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice 22(4), 34-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.17453992.2003.tb00142.x

Punzalan CH. 2020. Evaluating the environmental awareness and practices of Senior high school students: Basis for environmental education program. Aquademia 4(1), ep20012.  https://doi.org/10. 29333/aquademia

Puri K, Joshi R. 2017. Ecoclubs: An effective tool to educate students on biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity International Journal 1(5), 50-52.

Rogayan DV, Nebrida EED. 2019. Environmental awareness and practices of Science students: Input for ecological management plan. International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education 9(2), 106-119.

Sanchez JMP, Alejandro IMV. 2020. Environmental performance of island countries: A basis for best-fit models of environmental sustainability. Asia Pacific Journal of Multidisicplinary Research 8(3), 46-54.

Simmons D. 1995. Developing a framework for National Environmental Education Standards. Papers on the development of environmental education standards. Troy Oh: Naaee.

Spinola H. 2015. Environmental literacy comparison between students taught in eco-schools and ordinary schools in the Madeira Island region of Portugal. Science Education Internation 26(2), 392-413.

Spinola H. 2020. Correlation between environmental literacy components (knowledge, attitude and behavior) in Madeira Island (Portugal) 9th grade students. The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education 10(1), 28-36.

Tuncer G, Sungur S, Tekkaya C, Ertepinar H. 2010. A comparative study on pre-service teachers’ and elementary students’ attitudes towards the environment. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 16(2), 188-189.