Objectives of the study :1. To study the state of affairs of basic understandings in environmental education and attitude towards environmental issues among the students of Standard VI.2. To develop Supplementary Curricular Programme for fostering basic understanding in environmental education and a favourable attitude towards environment expected through environmental education related to VI standard.3. To study the effectiveness in relation to a parallel group in developing basic understandings in environmental education and favourable attitude towards environment expected through Supplementary curricular programme for environmental education.
174 students from four schools constituted the sample for the study.
Two tools, namely, Basic Understanding Test in Environmental Education, and Scale on Attitude towards Environment were constructed by the investigator. A curricular programme composed of five units, namely, biosphere, air, water, soil and energy was designed and developed by the investigator. The unit tests and evaluation sheets were also constructed by the investigator.
A post – test Parallel group design was employed for the study.
Findings of the study :1. The experimental treatments using specially designed supplementary curricular programme have been found significantly more effective in developing basic understandings in environmental education and also developing a favourable attitude towards the environment in all the four selected schools.2. The study has demonstrated its effectiveness in terms of multi-disciplinary approach, substantiating the Infusion Technique for teaching of environmental
Keyword(s): Supplementary, Curricular Programme, Environmental Education, Higher Primary Schools, Developing, Ecological and Environmental Studies in Education