CONSERVATION-EDUCATION: A PANACEA TO MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE-CHANGE IN TARABA STATE, NIGERIA
Effects of teaching conservation-education using KACE and NKACE methods of instruction as a panacea to mitigate the impact of climate change in upper basic education students were investigated. The design was quasi experimental, involving pretest and posttest. A sample of 529 upper basic education students was drawn from a population of 2646. Conservation-Education Test (CET) was used to collect data. The reliability of CET was calculated using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Co-efficient (PPMC) to be 0.84. Three objectives, three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. Research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation while the null hypotheses were tested at p≤0.05 level of significance using the One-way Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA). The findings of the study among others revealed that students in the EG (KACE) have better concepts and application of conservation principles more than their counterparts in the CG (NKACE). It was concluded that the use of KACE outdoor method of instruction could mitigate the impact of climate change in Taraba State if widely apply. One of the recommendations is that science teachers should incorporate the use of KACE instructional strategy into the teaching of conservation education in the secondary schools.