Leveraging Technology for Environmental Awareness: Insights from Experimental Research with Middle School Students in Malaysia

Anum Zahra, Zahra Waheed, Tehreem Fatima, Kok Wei Khong

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    Embedding environmental concepts in the minds of young students within a traditional classroom setting poses challenges due to the abstract nature of these concepts and the temporal dilemma associated with environmental change, as students are unable to observe the immediate consequences of their actions directly. To address this, innovative instructional methods incorporating technology were explored. Based on socio-constructivism, a quasi-experimental study employed a web tool to teach environmental concepts. The experimental group utilized the 7E constructivist learning model, while the control group followed traditional instruction. The results of the data analysis indicated a statistically significant disparity in students’ motivation levels to learn about environmental challenges, with active learning strategies receiving the highest scores due to engaging students in online discussions and collaborative tasks. The active and constructive learning techniques encouraged collaboration and cooperation and also embraced the students’ autonomy. Furthermore, students felt motivated to act and solve community issues, fostering civic responsibility for long-term growth and a sustainable future. The learning performance in the posttest significantly increased for the experimental group. These findings suggest the importance of integrating technology and active learning approaches to enhance environmental education among young students.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Number of pages17
    JournalRMLE Online
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2024


    • environmental education
    • learning performance
    • middle grades
    • motivation
    • technology
    • web tool

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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