GENDER AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF COLLEGE PHYSICS STUDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS/COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION, FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) OMOKU, NIGERIA
Alao, A. A. and Abubakar, R. B.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This paper focused on gender enrolment gap and academic performance of college Physics students. A sample of eighteen female and eighteen male students were purposively selected as sample from the department of Physics/Computer science education of Federal college of Education (Technical), Omoku in Rivers state in the 2007/2008 academic session. The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of the sample was analysed using mean, standard deviation and percentages. Four hypotheses formulated were tested using t-test. It was revealed that there was no statistical significant difference in academic performance between female and male students. Based on this, it was recommended that teachers in the department of Physics/Computer should still improve on their pedagogy skills so as to be able to impact on the students, stressing the importance of Physics in Technology, giving them the necessary motivation to learn especially in their introductory courses.