Impact of Laboratory Practical Skills on Students’ Achievement in Physics in College of Education Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria

  • Isa Shehu Usman University of Jos, Nigeria.
  • Magaji Sabo College of Education, Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria

Abstract

This study investigated the Impact of Laboratory Practical Skills on students’ achievement in Physics in College of Education Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria. This study was motivated due to the fact that students in colleges have been having problems in Physics Practicals which subsequently lead to poor acquisition of practical skills and under achievement in physics. Laboratory practical is an active ingredient in the teaching and learning of physics that leads to the acquisition of physics concept and scientific skills. This makes the production and development of quality professionals in the field of sciences, especially physics, a vital tool in achieving sustainable economic growth and technological development of the nation. The design used in the study was quasi experimental design. A sample of (60) NCE 2 students out of a population of 85 students in Physics Department College of Education, Azare Bauchi state were used in the study. Three research questions and two hypotheses were formulated. A purposive sampling technique method was employed and sixty (60) students were used as intact class. The laboratory practical skills achievement tests (LAPSAT) was made on ohm’s law, Hook’s law and determination of specific heat capacity with two questions under each and sub-questions distributed for both experimental and control group as pre-test; the same LAPSAT was also administered on both experimental and control groups as post-test after four (4) weeks of treatments. The data collected was subjected to mean and standard deviation and the ANCOVA methods of analysis at 0.05% level of significance. The findings showed that there was a significant difference between achievement of NCE 2 students that were exposed to practical strategy and those exposed to conventional strategy, there was no significance difference in the students achievement of physics practical according to gender. The result of the findings also rejected the null hypothesis which was confirmed by the analysis of covariance of F (1,59) = 38.927, P > 0.000 indicating there is significance difference in the mean scores of students exposed to practical skills and those not exposed to practical skills. The findings based on gender indicate significant implication of practical skills on student’s achievement in learning physics. It was then recommended among others that physics teachers should use practical to enhance students’ achievement in Physics.


Keywords: Physics, physics laboratory, laboratory practical skills & achievement.

Published
2018-06-25
How to Cite
USMAN, Isa Shehu; SABO, Magaji. Impact of Laboratory Practical Skills on Students’ Achievement in Physics in College of Education Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 3, n. No. 2, p. 205-210, june 2018. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <https://ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiuhums/article/view/310>. Date accessed: 22 jan. 2022.