EFFECTS OF DISCOVERY AND INQUIRY APPROACHES IN TEACHING AND LEARNING OF BIOLOGY ON SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE IN DELTA STATE, NIGERIA
Oghenevwede, O. E.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This study focused on the effects of discovery and inquiry approaches in teaching and learning of biology on students' performance. Four null hypotheses were formulated. The study employed a quasi-experiment design. One research instrument namely Biology Achievement Test (BAT) was used for data collection. The data collected was analysed using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The major findings of the study indicated that; discovery method was more effective and superior to the inquiry method in teaching biology; the level of retention was higher in students taught with discovery method than students taught with inquiry method. Based on the findings, it was concluded that the discovery method was superior and more effective than the inquiry method. Therefore science teachers should consistently make use of the discovery approach in teaching biology.