Laboratory resources and utilization as correlates of chemistry students’ learning outcomes.
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Department of Agricultural Education, Federal University of Agriculture, Markurdi
The study sought to determine the level of available Laboratory resources and utilization as correlates of chemistry students learning outcomes. The design was an ex-post facto study with a sample size of one hundred and fifty (150) Senior Secondary one (SSI) chemistry students from twelve (12) public Secondary Schools in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area. Chemistry Achievement Test (CAT) r=0.76 and Student Questionnaire (SUQ) r=0.87 were used for data collection. Data analysis involved the use of descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis. The findings showed a nonsignificant contribution of financial, material resources and resource utilization of student's achievement and attitude towards chemistry respectively. A significant contribution of human, instructional and time resources respectively were observed at 0.05 confidence level for both achievement in chemistry and attitude towards chemistry. The study thereby suggested careful utilization and proper management of laboratory resources for improvement of chemistry students' learning outcomes. It finally recommended that every school should set up laboratory’ Monitoring Team (LMT) that would check any misappropriation of laboratory resources so that positive image of science education would be enhanced.
Attitudes , Practical , Achievement , Resources , Laboratory , Observation
Okafor, N. P.& Uzoechi, B.C. (2012). Laboratory resources and utilization as correlates of chemistry students’ learning outcomes. Journal of Educational Innovations. 5(1), 225-229. A Publication of National Association for Promoting Educational Innovations (NAPEIN), Department of Agricultural Education, Federal University of Agriculture, Markurdi