Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Education
Appraising Undergraduate Science Education Students Awareness of Laboratory Waste Disposal Management Techniques
Bello M. R. (Ph.D.)
The study was an appraisal of undergraduate students’ awareness of laboratory waste disposal management techniques (LAWDMT) in the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted in collecting respondents’ awareness on laboratory waste disposal (LWD). The population of the study was 154 final years (500 Level) Science Education (SED) students who were completing their study in 2018/2019 academic session in the University. A Sample of 40 Biology and Chemistry education students randomly selected and given the questionnaire to complete and return same. The sample size consisted of 17 males (42.5%) and 23 females (57.5%) science education students. The instrument was titled ‘Laboratory Waste Disposal Management Technique Awareness Questionnaire’ (LAWDISMAQ) containing 20 items developed by the researcher and validated by Laboratory Technologist in Chemistry and Biology Laboratories of the University. It is 4-Point Likert type Scale. The reliability coefficient was determined using Cronbach alpha statistics and was found to be 0.84. LAWDISMAQ was distributed and collated by research assistants who also helped in coding the respondents’ views. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data collected using Means (X) and Standard Deviations. Findings of the study shows that Science Education have awareness of Laboratory Waste Management Techniques with a Mean Score of 2.75. There was however no difference between male and female students on laboratory awareness techniques. It was recommended that Laboratory Technologist should continue to maintain Laboratory Safety Standards to continue to sustain and forestall accidents and equipment damage control measures in the laboratories.
Keywords: Appraisal, Undergraduate students, Awareness, Laboratory Waste, Disposal Management Technique.