Residential Outdoor Education and Environmental Attitudes: An Examination in a Malaysian University

Authors

  • Md Amin Md Taff Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia
  • Azlizam Aziz Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia
  • Raja Nor Safinas Raja Haron Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia
  • Nelfianty Mohd Rasyid Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia
  • Mazuki Mohd Yasim Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Keywords:

environmental attitudes, residential outdoor education, outdoor education, undergraduate students, university, Malaysia

Abstract

While many outdoor educators are confident their residential outdoor education (ROE) programs improve participants' environmental attitudes, research findings are inconclusive. This study seeks to examine the effects of a Malaysian university ROE camp on environmental attitudes. A pre and post-test approach with non equivalent  control group design was utilized among 176 first year undergraduate  students. A modified version of CHEAKS and open ended questionnaire were used to gather data from pre and post-tests. Results from ANCOVA procedures suggested that  the  camp  had  positively  improved the experimental group's environmental attitudes. Issues of bridging ROE  learning  outcomes  into  daily  practices  are  addressed,  and  a framework for future practice and research is suggested.

Issue

Section

Regular Papers