An appraisal of students’ skill acquisition and application in basic science and technology in north central Nigeria
Michael Terfa Angura, Joseph Olaiya Fatoki
The study investigated the extent to which students have acquired and applied skills in Basic Science and Technology for sustainable living in north central Nigeria. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey research design. The population for the study comprised all the 2,703,427 Basic Science and Technology students in North Central Nigeria. The sample consists of 2,160 students randomly selected from government and private secondary schools in the area. Students Skills Acquisition and Application Inventory (SSAAI) was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by three experts, two in Science Education and one in Test and Measurement. The reliability coefficient of the instrument was determined using Crombach alpha and internal consistence of instrument was obtained as 0.84. The two research questions which guided the study were answered using mean, while the two null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The findings revealed that although students acquired skills in Basic Science and Technology moderately. The acquired skills are applied by students in the major areas of livelihood to a less extent. This implies that there is no significance difference on the extent to which students in government and private secondary schools acquired and applied skills in Basic Science and Technology for sustainable living. Based on the findings, it was recommended among other things that the Ministry of Education via State Universal Basic Education Boards and other relevant agencies should intensify monitoring of the teaching/learning process especially in Basic Science and Technology to ensure that students acquire skills in Basic Science and Technology to a great extent and apply same for sustainable living. This is because Science and Technology is a veritable tool for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.
Michael Terfa Angura, Joseph Olaiya Fatoki. An appraisal of students’ skill acquisition and application in basic science and technology in north central Nigeria. International Journal of Advanced Education and Research, Volume 5, Issue 2, 2020, Pages 24-27