EFFECT OF LABORATORY WORK ON STUDENTS’ ACQUISITION OF SCIENCE PROCESS SKILLS IN BIOLOGY

April 2020 | JONTTE


Corresponding Author E-mail: omayulimoses@gmail.com
Published: 7 April 2020

Abstracts


This study investigated poor performance in Biology at the senior secondary school examinations. One important aspect of teaching biology is the use of the laboratory. This problem has become worrisome because of recurrent poor performance at the WASCE and NECO. There is the need to adjust to the acquisition of science process skills as panacea to the recurrent poor performance in examinations. The research design was quasi- experimental consisting of pre-test/post-test experimental groups. The study was carried out in selected secondary schools in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State. Eighty (80) students were randomly selected for the study. Results of the study was analyzed through the application of appropriate statistical procedure. In conclusion, the study revealed that the experimental group taught with laboratory work achieved more than students taught with traditional lecture method. Recommendations made towards improving student performance in biology include: Laboratory work approach should be adopted as a teaching method in senior secondary schools as it allows participation and involvement in laboratory activities. Teacher training institutions should adopt this strategy in their training of teachers. Knowledge impacting workshops, especially on new trends should be organized by individual schools and the regulatory authorities.

Keywords:

Laboratory, Performance, Biology, science process skills

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