Teaching Contemporary Science from the Local Community: Are Nigeria Science Teachers Comfortable and Current with this?

By Bimbola D. Oludipe.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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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

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.551MB).

Dr. Bimbola D. Oludipe

Lecturer 1, Curriculum Studies and Instructional Technology Department, Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun, Nigeria

I had my first degree in Physics Education from the above -named University 16 years ago. I then proceeded to University of Ibadan, Oyo State where I obtained my 2nd and 3rd Degrees in Educational Evaluation in 1995 and 2004 respectively. I joined the University system as a lecturer over four years ago. I love my job so much and i have a deep passion for research especially in the field of Science Education. I so much love reading, engaging in intellectual discuss and travelling. I have about fifteen publications in reputable journals both within and outside my Country. On the international scene, I am a member of TWOWS and IFUW.