Effects of Experimental Method of Teaching on Academic Performance of SS2 Science Students in Calabar Education Zone, Calabar, Cross River State

John, Solomon Effiong & Asikong, William Etta


The study objective was to determine the “Effects of Experimental Method of teaching on academic performance of SS2 Science students in Calabar Education Zone of Cross River State. This is necessary because of poor performance of students in external examinations like WAEC, NECO, even including internal examinations. Null hypothesis was formulated to guide the study. The design adopted for the study was quasiexperimental research design and purposive sampling technique was used in selecting the schools. The research instrument used was science achievement test which comprises of thirty (30) objective tests. The reliability of the instrument was ascertained using Kudar-Richard’s formula 20 which yielded a reliability coefficient of 0.84. The sample comprises of two hundred science students drawn from the study area. Data analyzed were collected using a 30 item achievement test on the concept of machine, Elasticity and wave. The hypothesis was analyzed using independent t-test and tested at 0.05 level of significance. Results of findings revealed that the students taught science concepts with experimental method performed significantly better than those taught with conventional method.

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