The purpose of this paper was to find out whether secondary school science teachers are comfortable and current with teaching science from the perspective of their local values and culture. The sample was made of 80 Junior and Senior Secondary school science teachers (40 males, and 40 females) purposely selected from twenty-two co-educational secondary schools in Ondo State, Nigeria. A 20-item questionnaire developed by this researcher was used for data collection (α = 0.84). The data was analyzed using simple descriptive statistics (percentages, frequency counts, mean and standard deviation). Findings revealed that most of the teachers (87%) indicated that they are comfortable with teaching science from the local community perspective as they possess good background knowledge for teaching science from this context. They also believe that the resources in this community provides real-to-life hands-on experiences for the students; evoke their reasoning ability and make science learning more exciting and stimulating. However, some 26% indicated they will need more professional support and opportunity to teach science from this context.
|Keywords:||Teaching, Science, Community Resources, Secondary School, Science Teacher|
Lecturer 1, Curriculum Studies and Instructional Technology Department, Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun, Nigeria