Environmental Awareness and Attitudes Towards Solid Waste Management Among TVET Students in Malaysia
Rodzidah Mohd Rodzi1, Zulkifli Mohd Nopiah2, Noor Ezlin Ahmad Basri3

1Rodzidah Mohd Rodzi, Centre of Engineering Education Research, The National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia.
2Zulkifli Mohd Nopiah, Centre of Engineering Education Research, The National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia.
3Noor Ezlin Ahmad Basri, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, The National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia.

Manuscript received on 01 May 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 15 May 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 May 2019 | PP: 387-392 | Volume-8 Issue-7, May 2019 | Retrieval Number: G5375058719/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: The issue of environmental protection has gained significant global importance in this era but practices in basic concepts of waste disposal are often neglected. People around the globe are aware of the impact of improper waste disposal practices, but the negative attitude towards implementation gives rise to disorganised situations. This paper presents an overview of the awareness and attitudes of the public towards environmental issues using a 20 question survey. The objective of this research was to measure the level of environmental awareness and attitudes towards solid waste management among 248 respondents from TVET Institute, Kuala Lumpur. The results show that the percentage of pro-environmental awareness was 92.1% and was 56.4% for attitudes towards solid waste commitment. The relationship between awareness and attitude was weak at Spearman’s rho [rs = – 0.067, sig = 0.000, p > 0.05]. Students with high awareness of pro-environmental issues did not necessarily have a positive attitude. This research recommended that environmental education be considered as an independent subject in the Malaysia education system to inculcate a proper environmental culture in students. The syllabus should be more “hands-on” to promote a more consistent attitude towards protecting the environment
Keyword: Solid Waste Management, Awareness, Attitude, TVET, Malaysia.
Scope of the Article: Solid and Structural Mechanics.