INFLUENCE OF FIELD TRIPS ON THE CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS ECOLOGY STUDENTS
This Study Investigated Influence Of Field Trips On The Conservation Of Natural Resources In Senior Secondary Schools. Quasi-experimental, non-equivalent pretest and post-test control group design was employed for the study. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The population of the study comprised 5,207 SS1 students in public coeducational schools in West Senatorial District, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. The sample of the study comprised 71 SS 1 students from two intact classes randomly selected from public coeducational secondary schools in West Senatorial District, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Ecology Interest Rating Scale (EIRS) and Ecology Achievement Test (EAT) were used as instruments for data collection. The reliability of EIRS was determined using Cronbach Alpha and the coefficient obtained was 0.77 and the reliability of EAT was determined using Kuder-Richardson formula 20 (KR20) and this yielded a reliability coefficient of 0.79. Mean and Standard Deviation were used to answer the research questions while Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) was used to test the research hypotheses at 0.05 alpha level of significance. The findings of this study revealed that a significant difference existed in the interest and achievement of students taught Ecology concept using field trip instructional strategy and conventional method. Based on the findings of this study, it was recommended that teachers should be encouraged to use field trip instructional strategy in the teaching of Ecological concepts.