International E-publication: Publish Projects, Dissertation, Theses, Books, Souvenir, Conference Proceeding with ISBN.  International E-Bulletin: Information/News regarding: Academics and Research

Perception of the Students with Visual Impairment Regarding Environmentalism: A Case Study

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Education, University of Calcutta, 1 Reformatory Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Education, Sarsuna College (Affiliated to University of Calcutta),4/HB/A, Ho-Chi-Minh Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal, INDIA

Res. J.Educational Sci., Volume 1, Issue (6), Pages 18-22, August,1 (2013)


This paper underscores the importance of doing qualitative research in the context of environmental education with a special group of respondents, the students with visual impairment. In this regard it is necessary to understand in depth how this group of school students perceives their physical world, its degradation and what they really want to do for its protection. The sample of the present study comprises the students with visual impairment (N=40) studying in classes IX to XII (age range 14-25 years). This study is based on purposive sampling. The quantitative research in this respect may not yield adequate information. The students as bounded cases are more likely to reveal relevant data. Since case study is a holistic approach, the application of this method in studying the perception of the visually challenged students is appropriate. Through the coding of responses from research questions it was observed that these students have high level of awareness about intricacies of environmental problems. They also reported that they are willing to take various actions to safeguard the environment. At the same time they spoke about the various types of impediments for which they find it difficult implement their behavioural intention in to actual practice.


  1. Sengupta M., Banerjee D. and Maji P.K., Effect of Sight and Gender on Environmental Awareness and Pro-Environmental Behaviour amongst School Students, Journal of All India Association for Educational Research, 21(1), 60-63 (2009)
  2. Sengupta M., Banerjee D., and Maji P.K., Environmental Awareness and Action amongst Visually Impaired Students, Indian Journal of Special Education, 1(1) (2010)
  3. Sengupta M., Banerjee D. and Maji P.K., Ecological Values amongst College Students with Visual Impairment, ANWESA, A Journal of Education, 7, 1-13 (2012)
  4. Sengupta M. and Maji P.K., Locus of Control and Pro Environmental Behaviour amongst College Students with Visual Impairment, Evolving Horizons, , 231-240 (2012)
  5. Palmer J.A., Environmental Education in the 21st century: Theory, Practice, Progress and Promise, London: Routledge (1998)
  6. Robottom I. and Hart P., Research in Environmental Education: Engaging the Debate, Geelong, Victoria: Deakin University Press (1993)
  7. Malone K., The environmental education researchers as environmental activists. Environmental Education Research, 5(2), 163-177 (1999)
  8. Chawla L., Research methods to investigate significant life experiences: review and recommendations, Environmental Education Research, 4(4), 363-397 (1998)
  9. Payne P., The techniques of environmental educationEnvironmental Education Research, 9(4), 525-540 (2003)
  10. Gough S., Locating the environmental in Environmental Education research, what research, and why? Environmental Education Research, 12, 335-343 (2006)
  11. Denzin N. and Lincoln Y.S., The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (3rd ed.), London: Sage (2005)
  12. Flick U., An Introduction to Qualitative Research (3rd ed.) London: Sage (2006)
  13. Yin R.K., Case Study Research: Design and Method, Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications (1994)
  14. Stake R.E., The Art of Case Study Research, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (1995)
  15. Miles and Huberman, Qualitative data Analysis,Thousands, Oaks. CA: Sage Publications (1994)