Assessment of Secondary School Students’ Perception and Attitude Toward Learning Science Subjects in Mvomero District in Morogoro Region, Tanzania

Mwampashi, Lauden (2017) Assessment of Secondary School Students’ Perception and Attitude Toward Learning Science Subjects in Mvomero District in Morogoro Region, Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess secondary school students’ perception and attitude toward learning science subjects. The research objectives were; Assessment of students’ perception and attitude toward learning science subjects, examining teaching and learning strategies used in science subjects, and examining the role played by the teachers in influencing their students to learn science subjects. The mixed research approach was adopted. Eight randomly selected secondary schools. The study used cross sectional survey research design. The interviews, focus group discussions and questionnaires employed as a data collection methods. Stratified random sampling was used to select students, whereas and teachers were purposively selected. Quantitative data were analysed by descriptive statistics and qualitative data were subjected to content analysis. The finding from first objectives; the majority of students had negative attitude toward science subjects. The finding from the second objective revealed that questions and answers as well group discussions were ranked as the mostly used teaching methodologies. Limited laboratories and teaching facilities, poor quality of classroom were noted as barriers that affect students toward learning process. From the third objective, teachers were motivating students to learn science subjects and encouraged to participate in conduct of experiments. The study also revealed that some teachers had never attended any In-Service Education Training (INSET) programs while some of them attended every time. It is recommended that effort should be made to encourage enhance many students to opt for science subjects and teachers to attend in-depth In-service Education Training and relevant workshops.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 13:29
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 13:29
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2079

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