TEACHERS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS TEACHING OF BASIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT AT JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL LEVEL IN IBADAN METROPOLIS
It might be difficult to understand how to raise the overall quality of classroom teaching. But a good classroom strategy requires full interest and support from teachers and learners. Effective teaching and learning of basic science and technology at the junior secondary school level may depend to a large extent on the attitudes of teachers towards teaching. This is because learners at this age level tend to learn better when being taught by teachers that displayed the right attitudes among others to deal with a different type of classroom challenges. However, available evidence indicates that despite previous efforts and methods used in teaching, performance in basic science and technology is still very low. Hence, this study examined teachers' attitudes towards the teaching of basic science and technology and students' achievement in the subject at junior secondary school three in Ibadan metropolis. The study adopted a descriptive survey method. Data were collected from 40 basic science and technology teachers and 1,600 students made up of 1,060 from Ibadan city and the remaining 540 from Ibadan less city. The researcher used descriptive statistics and inferential statistics for this study. Three hypotheses were formulated and tested and two instruments were used for data collection in this study. The findings showed a positive disposition towards basic science and technology teaching and a significantly positive correlation between teachers' attitudes and students' achievement in basic science and technology. It is recommended that the government and all those concerned with education in the country should get more committed and invest more funds, time, and energy towards making teaching especially science and technology more attractive to teachers.
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