IDENTIFICATION OF PERCEIVED DIFFICULT TOPICS IN BASIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BY PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS IN SAPELE TOW

April 2020 | JONTTE


Corresponding Author E-mail: deltacopem1@yahoo.co.uk
Published: 9 April 2020

Abstracts


The study examined the identification of perceived difficult topics in Basic Science and Technology by primary school pupils in Sapele town. One hundred (100) pupils were selected from five (5) primary schools. Twenty (20) pupils each from the five primary schools while twenty (20) Basic Science and Technology teachers. Four (4) each from the five schools were used. The research design used for these study is descriptive. While the research instrument used for the study was questionnaire. The result shows that topics that pupils perceived as difficult are about 37.5% while other topics are either easy or very easy to understand by the pupils are 30% and 32.5%. Also, the years of experience of teachers shows that 75% here have been teaching basic science & technology up to 5years while 25% have up to 5years experience more so, the result shows that 65% of teachers were not acquainted with all the topics during their first 5years of experience while 35% were acquainted, analysis of area of specialization shows that 60% of teachers do not have a degree in integrated science while 40% have a degree. Also, analysis of teaching methods shows that all primary schools in Sapele town lack laboratories for scientific experimentation. Some of the causes of the difficult topics experienced by the primary pupils in Basic Science and Technology are:- most of the teacher’s degree are outside science; most of the teachers are not familiar with all the topics during their years of experiences; lack of infrastructural materials for practical activities. Consequently, the following recommendations among others were made. Qualified teachers should be employed to teach Basic Science and Technology; Basic Science and Technology teachers should be paid their salaries as at when due; training of in-service teachers by the government in terms of workshop and services.

Keywords:

Perceived, Difficult, Basic Science and Technology

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