Extent Of Integration Of Practicals Into Teaching Of Chemistry

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Extent Of Integration Of Practicals Into Teaching Of Chemistry


Abstract


The research work sought to find the extent of integration of practical into teaching chemistry in Senior Secondary Schools in Enugu South L.G.A Enugu State. Research questions were raised and questionnaire was used to elicit responses from the students. The information so obtained were subject to analysis using analysis of variance (ANOVA). Results of the statistical analysis showed that these students are sufficiently aware of the impact of the integration of practical in teaching chemistry, Such encouraging results suggest that, enhancing practical classes would improve the technological level of sciences in Nigerian educational system and individual student interest in sciences. Topics for further research and recommendations were also made.


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

In Nigeria emphasis in developing our science and technological skills is very high because they are vital for economic and industrial development. The essence of this research work is to ascertain the level of practical integration in our senior secondary schools, to create awareness of it is importance into teaching and learning and recommendation of how to improve in our technological level as a nation.

In Nigeria science and technology is indispensable to use because it is the bedrock of our economic and industrial development. Basic as it is science and technology is in our daily human activities. It is worthy to note that the major advances made in Medicine, Pharmacy, Industrial Chemistry, Engineering are based on researches being conducted in many areas of science and technology such as Chemistry.

Chemistry is taught as a science subject in almost all Nigeria senior secondary schools even in the higher and tertiary institutions and these schools thus serve as the starting point for the teaching of introductory chemistry with the aim of training the students in the process of scientific investigations. Chemistry is one of the core-science subjects in our school because it is one of the entry requirements in some fields of studies such as Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Science Education, Biochemistry and so on.

The extent of integration of practicals in senior secondary schools has a lot to tell on any chemistry students especially in his or her final examination since no work is done on any science subject especially chemistry if there is no integration of practicals which helps in better assimilation of scientific theories for effective industrial output in the society.

The most influential science process established (Tamir, 1991) stated that the prerequisite knowledge of concept and principles can be obtained only if the students have certain underlying capability of the science processes, which are needed to practise and understand science subject especially in Chemistry. These processes include, making operational definitions, formulations, observing, classifying, measuring, formulating hypothesis, interpreting data collected from the observations, and drawing conclusions.

However, contents and concepts will undoubtedly change but the mental skill of the approach that is process skills is relevant to the solution of everyday problem. If a student can think scientifically, he can observe, make simple hypothesis, test them by experiment and make valid inferences and interpreted data, then the level of science and technology in our country will increase to its apex.

Finally, science which Chemistry is a branch is the foundation for scientific enquiry. They are the generalizable intellectual skills needed to learn concepts and broad theories and principles used in making valid inductive inferences. Unfortunately, in Nigeria today, it appears that students are deprived of acquiring the appropriate process skills they need by the society, government, the school, teachers or even themselves. It has been observed that students in this present era are not doing marvellously well especially in their science hence this poor performance in their practical examinations in senior school certificate examination affects the overall result.

For this reason the present research is focused to ascertain the extent of integration of practicals into teaching chemistry in senior secondary schools in Enugu South Local Government of Enugu State.


1.2 Statement of Problem

In recent years, manpower and millions of naira have been devoted in efforts to improve science teaching in the schools because of the decrease in standard of education in Nigeria has fallen. The teaching of science subjects in Nigeria is now faced with lots of problems and they include among others:

  1. Scarcity of qualified science teachers in our schools.
  2. The quality and quantity of laboratory technologists employed in our schools.
  3. Inadequate laboratory facilities in our schools.
  4. Absence of laboratories in some schools.

In this present era there has been shortage of teachers with good knowledge of ways of imparting scientific knowledge and results has shown that laboratory method of teaching science subjects helps to increase our student scientific skills and knowledge thereby solving our country’s industrial and economic problems.

Based on the above, the obvious adverse problems as stated above, states the importance of this study, which tends to look into the extent or level of integration of practicals into teaching chemistry in senior secondary schools in Enugu South local Government Area of Enugu State.


1.3 Purpose of Study

The purpose of this research work is to access the extent of integration of practicals into teaching chemistry in Senior Secondary Schools in Enugu South local government of Enugu State. More specifically, the study is aimed at:

  1. To ascertain the level of practical chemistry in senior secondary schools.
  2. To determine the frequency of practical lessons into the teaching of chemistry.
  3. To determine the problem inhibiting the integration of practicals into teaching chemistry in senior secondary schools.
  4. To suggest solutions to problems encountered by chemistry and science students with regards to practicals.

1.4 Research Hypotheses

For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;

  1. H0: there is no level of practical chemistry in senior secondary schools.
    H1: there is level of practical chemistry in senior secondary schools.
  2. H02: there is no problem inhibiting the integration of practicals into teaching chemistry in senior secondary schools
    H2: there is problem inhibiting the integration of practical’s into teaching chemistry in senior secondary schools

1.5 Significance of the Study

Since every well researched work aimed at improving other existing research work in other to solve an existing problem; this present research will help in obtaining useful information concerning the extent of integration of practicals into teaching chemistry in senior secondary school classes and making appropriate recommendations that will improve or increase the overall performance in External Examinations.It will also serve as a means of obtaining more information for further research work.


1.6 Scope and Limitation of the Study

This study mainly focused on findings from Senior Secondary Schools in Enugu State specifically in Enugu south local government area. This local government is made up urban and rural area. Among the urban area include Awkunanaw, Uwani, Idwa- River, Maryland. While the rural areas include: Obeagu, Ugwaji, Ndiagu, Amechi and Akwuke.The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

a) Availability of Research Material:

The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study

b) Time:

The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.

c) Organizational Privacy:

Limited Access to the selected auditing firm makes it difficult to get all the necessary and required information concerning the activities


1.7 Definition of Terms

Integration:

Numerical integration, computing an integral with a numerical method, usually with a computer. Integration by parts, a method for computing the integral of a product of functions. Integration by substitution, a method for computing integrals, by using a change of variable.

Practical:

An examination or lesson in which theories and procedures learned are applied to the actual making or doing of something

Teaching:

The job or profession of a teacher: something that is taught : the ideas and beliefs that are taught by a person, religion, etc.

Chemistry:

Chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with compounds composed of atoms, i.e. elements, and molecules, i.e. combinations of atoms: their composition, structure, properties, behavior


1.8 Organization of the Study

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows

  • Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), historical background, statement of problem, objectives of the study, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope and limitation of the study, definition of terms and historical background of the study.
  • Chapter two highlights the theoretical framework on which the study is based, thus the review of related literature.
  • Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study.
  • Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.
  • Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study

Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Introduction

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was to ascertain extent of integration of practicals into teaching of chemistry

In the preceding chapter, the relevant data collected for this study were presented, critically analyzed and appropriate interpretation given. In this chapter, certain recommendations made which in the opinion of the researcher will be of benefits in addressing the challenges of integration of practicals into teaching of chemistry


5.2 Summary

This study was on extent of integration of practicals into teaching of chemistry. Four objectives were raised which included: To ascertain the level of practical chemistry in senior secondary schools, to determine the frequency of practical lessons into the teaching of chemistry, to determine the problem inhibiting the integration of practicals into teaching chemistry in senior secondary schools, to suggest solutions to problems encountered by chemistry and science students with regards to practicals. In line with these objectives, two research hypotheses were formulated and two null hypotheses were posited. The total population for the study is 200 staff of selected secondary school in Enugu south local government of Enugu state. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made up principals, vice principals administration, senior staff and junior staff were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies


5.3 Conclusion

Despite the importance of Laboratory Management Skill( LMS) in the teaching and learning of practical chemistry, some aspects of LMS were not applied by chemistry teachers. This then revealed that there is a gap that require urgent filling in the teaching and learning of chemistry.


5.4 Recommendation

From the findings of this study, the following recommendations are made:

  1. Strict measure will be employed to ensure that would- be chemistry teachers learnt LMS very well before giving them to certificate to go and teach.
  2. Chemistry teachers should be involved in routine retraining, workshops and seminars to help them acquire the skills as well as to keep them abreast with the important LMS for effective teaching and learning of chemistry.
  3. Chief-supervising principals should be visiting schools more often to check for chemistry teachers’ application of LMS and to advise them on their importance in science and technological growth.
  4. The government and interested non-governmental organization should also equip the chemistry laboratories adequately to encourage the teachers to conduct chemistry practical lessons as and when due, to give them the opportunity to constantly applied LMS.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the importance of teaching practice in micro teaching?

So microteaching helps the student-teaches to have an early encounter with teaching and in this way attempts to put into practice some of the theories learnt in the lectures. The importance of teaching practice is that it is a crucial period for the teacher to put into practice all the theoretical/practical concepts learnt at school.

What do you mean by teaching practice?

Akilaiya (2001) defined teaching practice as an integral part of teacher education programme which provides opportunity for student-teachers to put all theoretical knowledge into practice in real school situation. It is a compulsory practical exercise for every student-teacher.

How effective is the teaching practice programme?

The teaching practice experience exposes the student-teacher in the field of teaching and enhances him to be effective in the classroom. There are numbers of problems that militate against the effective implementation of the teaching practice programme in general. The specialized nature of the programme further complicates problems in this area.

Do student-teachers practice the Act of teaching before teaching practice?

Before the introduction of the microteaching, there was no provision for the student-teachers to practice the act of teaching before they do on teaching practice. And their performances in teaching practice during those periods were not satisfied. 

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