Impediments to the Teaching of Chemistry as an Experimental Science in Secondary School in Oju Local Government Area, Benue State, Nigeria
Agogo, P. O. and Otor, E. E.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This study investigates the implements to the teaching of chemistry as an experimental science in secondary schools in Oju Local Government Area of Benue State. The aim is to highlight the appropriate approach that should be adopted in the teaching of the course in secondary schools. Purposive sampling method was used to sample the nine chemistry teachers from five secondary schools in the study area. Three research questions were stated and answered. The instrument used for data collection was the chemistry teachers’ experimental science questionnaire; simple percentage and itemization were used to analyse the data collected for the study. From this analysis, it was found that lack of professional qualification by chemistry teachers as well as lack of chemistry equipment/instruments affected to a very high extent the teaching of chemistry as an experimental science. The study recommended among others that government and other stakeholders in the education sub-sector should provide functional chemistry laboratory for meaningful practical activities.