Abstract: This study examined teaching method and academic performance of students on Chemistry in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area. Two hundred (200) SSII students randomly pooled from five public secondary schools were first divided into group A and B. Group A in each school were taught separation technique with Discussion method while Group B were taught with lecture method; after which 10 objective questions on the topic were administered. Later, female students in each school were constituted into group A while the male students made up group B. Thereafter, general topic “pollution” was placed before the two groups for discussion for 20 minutes after which 10 structured questions were administered to all the students. The raw scores collated in each case were subjected to independent t-test analysis.
Finding revealed that students taught with discussion method performed significantly higher than student taught will lecture method. Similarly female students in group A performed better in discussion test than their male folks in group B. recommendation made is that Government should organized seminars and workshop for the teachers to enable them improve their instructional strategies and teachers should adjust their teaching method to match with the level of the learners.
1.1 Background to the Study
The teaching of chemistry of some students by teachers is always a very difficult task because chemistry is a branch of physical science that has to do with the study of the composition, structure, properties and change of matter. It is mainly concerned with the atoms and their interaction with other atoms for example, the properties of the chemical bonds formed between atoms to create chemical compounds. Sometimes, chemistry is seen as the mother of sciences because it bridges other natural sciences like physics, geology and biology with each other. Chemistry courses are required for many university and college students especially for students who are studying science. Most students find chemistry classes and laboratory work stressful.
Education, particularly science and technical education is the factors for the production of the needed technologists, technicians and craftsmen as well as skilled artisans who are required to transform the nation’s economy and use the desired technological advancement which is required for the elevation of Nigeria from a developing nation to a developed nation (Usman, 2000 and Angyaye, 2007).
Acquisition of appropriate scientific and technological skills is necessary to cope with the challenges presented by the evolving needs of modern work place in our industries and the ever growing non formal sector. Education and training systems that respond adequately to these demands will, therefore, contribute to the efforts to overcome the growing unemployment and marginalization of majority of the populace.
According to Adesoji (2008), chemistry teaching is suppose to be result oriented and students central, and this can only be achieved when students are willing and the teaching is favourable disposed using the appropriate methods and resources in teaching the students. Students by nature are curious, they need to be actively involved in the learning process in which they are continuously equipping, testing, speculating and building their own personal construct and knowledge. It is only by personalizing such knowledge that it becomes valid, meaningful and useful to them.
In chemistry, students need to actively construct their own personal awareness and meaning. To substantiate the argument, Usma & Onocha C. O (1985) opined that brain is not a passive consumer of information, but to learn with understanding. Learning must actively construct meaning if what to be learned.
Despite the prime position chemistry occupies in our educational system and the efforts made by researchers to enhance performance, students performances in chemistry and sciences in general are not encouraging some of the reasons identified for this failure are laboratory inadequacy, teachers’ attitude examination malpractice time constraint for carrying out practical, non-coverage of syllabus, class size, non-professionalism and environment.
The method of teaching chemistry in secondary schools should be based on practical which is aimed at giving the students the opportunity to gain meaningful learning, acquired appropriate skills and attitudes that enable them live and contributed to the development of the society.
1.2 Statement of the problem
A great number of seminars and conference papers have been written on the teaching materials and academic performance of students in chemistry in recent times. Scholars are of the opinion that the teaching method used by teachers in teaching chemistry students is on the decline. It is very disappointing to note that even though there are so many activities to help students improve their performance in chemistry. Many do not perform creditably in internal and external examinations. It has also been observed that some teachers use inappropriate teaching method during their course of instruction delivery.
Moreover, it has been observed that most secondary schools do not have equipment laboratory. This is very unfortunate, but very true. It is against this background, therefore that the teaching method and academic performance of students in chemistry in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area imperative.
1.3 Purpose of the Study
The main purpose of this study is to examine the teaching method and academic performance of students in chemistry in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area. the study will examine the different methods used in teaching chemistry to students in senior secondary schools.
Moreso, this study will suggest measures towards improving the academic performance of students in chemistry in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area. the study will seek to find out if teaching method was any effect on students academic performance.
1.4 Significance of the study
This study will be of immense benefit to teachers, educators, students, researchers and academic institutions in the following ways:
- Explore appropriate chemistry teaching methods for use in secondary schools.
- It will facilitate students’ academic performance in chemistry.
- It will help chemistry curriculum planners and education policy makers to develop curriculum and implement policies that will enhances effective teaching method and academic performance of students in chemistry. Also, the study will serve as a spring board and reference points for future researchers in the areas of the research.