THE PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF USING TEACHING AIDS IN THE TEACHING OF CHEMISTRY IN SOME SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS
- BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
This study examined the problems and prospects of using teaching aids in teaching chemistry in some selected secondary schools in Edo State a case study of Oredo LGA. Though, many people would agree that there is an observable fall in the standard of education in Edo State especially some selected secondary schools in the Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State. Nobody in his wildest imagination would have believed that secondary schools in Edo State have fallen to an abysmally low level as Nigeria education observer study came up with a report that in some selected secondary schools in the Edo State of Nigeria has degenerated in the past ten (10) years.
This was reported as one of the lead headlines in the vanguard Newspaper, one of Nigeria’s major daily newspapers quoted the educational observer sponsored study that; the teachers in some selected secondary schools in the Edo State of Nigeria are poorly trained on the use of teaching aids, unproductive on the job and inadequate teaching aids most especially chemistry. According to this report, the poor performance of teachers in some selected secondary schools in the Edo State of Nigeria; poor mastery of chemistry sas a subject and lack of requisite technical aids skills. It was ascertained in the report that the deficiencies in both vital areas.
Through the study may have identified major areas of the decline in the actual problem may have its roots at secondary school level. For it is at secondary school level that the potential student is given adequate foundation in the use of teaching aids in teaching chemistry ads science subject. A mastery of writing and understanding chemistry is highly desirable, yet its teaching and learning is beset by a myriad of problems at the secondary school level (Kolawole, 1998).
- PROBLEM OF THE STUDY
Majority of the teachers who employed into some selected secondary schools in Edo State have no ample opportunity to learned chemistry through the help of teaching aids their educational levels, some of those teachers who are employed to teach students in some selected secondary schools in Edo State, didn’t qualified to that teaching job.
- PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
This research would enlighten individuals on the problems and prospects of using teaching aids in teaching chemistry in secondary school in Edo State. To explore the numbers of ways people can benefit from programmed together with a view of knowing the merit and demerit. And also to ensure that the people practice the principle of using teaching aids and learning chemistry and how to stop the illiterate in use of chemistry in Nigeria population.
- SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The essence of this work is to create awareness to the general public on the problems and prospects of using teaching aids in teaching chemistry in Edo State and also a way of helping them understand the required observation in keeping the rules and regulation of teaching and learning chemistry.
Above all, the research work will also to a great extent act as a springboard to anyone who may wish to make further development on the area referring to the subject matter.
- SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study is limited to some secondary schools in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
- RESEARCH QUESTIONS
The following research questions have been formulated to guide the study.
- Is the attitude of secondary school teachers towards chemistry encouraged?
- Do the chemistry teachers use appropriate teaching aids in teaching chemistry frequently?
- Does chemistry teachers in some selected secondary in Edo State qualified for teaching chemistry as a subject?
- Are there enough teaching aids in some selected secondary school in Edo State?
- DEFINITION OF TERMS
Population: This is the total number of organisms living together in one geographical area or it is also the total number of people living together in a particular habitat.
Information: This is a process on enlightening individual on chemistry as a subject.
Aspiration: This also means or defined as an ambition or goal.
Devastating: Is simply defined as overwhelming or shocking
Restricted: This defined as limited or constrained
Chemistry: This is a branch of science which deals with matter its composition and properties.
Teaching aids: These are materials which are used to enhance the easy transfer of learning. They are of different kinds, audio, audio-visual and visual aids..