CODING AND ENCODING DIFFICULTIES IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY NOMENCLATURE AMONG FIRST YEAR DIPLOMA STUDENTS IN ABUBAKAR TATARI ALI POLYTECHNIC, BAUCHI, NIGERIA
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
The aim of this survey was to highlight the difficulties of coding and encoding in organic chemistry nomenclature among first year Diploma students of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, Nigeria. The study adopted convenience sampling method to draw 30 students who have just completed their senior secondary school programmes from various secondary schools in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Questionnaire was the major instrument for data collection while simple percentage was adopted for the analysis. The study revealed the fact that the organic chemistry was taught to the students towards the end of their chemistry course, thereby giving them little or no time to master the subject. Hence, it was recommended among others that organic chemistry should be introduced earlier preferably; about the second term of senior secondary school one to run concurrent with the inorganic aspect of chemistry.