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Factors Influencing the Choice of Chemistry Education as a Course of Study Among Secondary School Students in Ikwuano L.G.A Abia State

Abstract

This study was on factors Influencing the Choice of Chemistry Education as a Course of Study among Secondary School Students in Ikwuano L.G.A Abia State. Four objectives were raised which included;  To determine the effects of the value of the Chemistry subject on students’ choices of  the subject in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State, to find out the influence of the subject teacher on students’ choices of Chemistry subjects in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State, to find out the influence of gender differences on students’ choices of Chemistry subjects in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State and to investigate the role of parents and teachers in students’ choices of Chemistry subjects in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State. A total of 77 responses were received and validated from the enrolled participants where all respondents were drawn from selected secondary school in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State. Hypothesis was tested using Chi-Square statistical tool (SPSS).

Chapter 1: (Objectives of the Study)

The study was guided by the following specific objectives:

  1. To determine the effects of the value of the Chemistry subject on students’ choices of  the subject in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State
  2. To find out the influence of the subject teacher on students’ choices of Chemistry subjects in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State
  3. To find out the influence of gender differences on students’ choices of Chemistry subjects in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State.
  4. To investigate the role of parents and teachers in students’ choices of Chemistry subjects in Ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State

Chapter 2: Literature Review (Attitude of Students towards Chemistry)

A number of studies have been carried out on attitude of students towards various subjects in different parts of the world. Attitude of students towards different subjects differ from one country to another even from one community to another. In Kenya this is very prevalent in many subjects. Some of the research that has been done in this area includes, Wong, Young and Fraser (1997) who investigated relationships between students’ attitudes toward chemistry and their perceived laboratory environments in Singapore high schools. This study concluded that there is a positive association between the nature of the laboratory classroom environment and students’ attitude

Chapter 3: The Methodology (Sample Size Selection Technique and Procedure)

According to Nwana (2005), sampling techniques are procedures adopted to systematically select the chosen sample in a specified away under controls. This research work adopted the convenience sampling technique in selecting the respondents from the total population.

In this study, the researcher adopted the convenient sampling method to determine the sample size. Out of all the entire population of staffs of Selected secondary schools in Ikwuanl local government, Abia state, the researcher conveniently selected 80 participant out of the overall population as the sample size for this study. According to Torty (2021), a sample of convenience is the terminology used to describe a sample in which elements have been selected from the target population on the basis of their accessibility or convenience to the researcher.

Chapter 4: Data Analysis

This chapter presents the analysis of data derived through the questionnaire and key informant interview administered on the respondents in the study area. The analysis and interpretation were derived from the findings of the study. The data analysis depicts the simple frequency and percentage of the respondents as well as interpretation of the information gathered. A total of eighty (80) questionnaires were administered to respondents of which only seventy-seven (77) were returned and validated. This was due to irregular, incomplete and inappropriate responses to some questionnaire. For this study a total of 77 was validated for the analysis.

Chapter 5: Conclusion/Summary

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was to ascertain factors Influencing the Choice of Chemistry Education as a Course of Study among Secondary School Students in Ikwuano L.G.A Abia State. 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 factors Influencing the Choice of Chemistry Education as a Course of Study among Secondary School Students.

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