Identifying Issues Concerning the Conduct of Laboratory Activities in Science in Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) Program in Nigeria
- Country : Nigeria
- Subject : Integrated Science
Laboratory activities are part and parcel of learning activities for students studying science subjects in Nigeria Certification in Education (NCE) program in Nigeria. The study focused on identifying issues as it relates to the conduct of practical in science in NCE program in Nigeria. Primarily, the study looked at compliance with safety measures, teachers’ instructional approaches, students’ attitude towards laboratory activities, and the availability of laboratory facilities. The population of the study consisted of all the students’ studying science subjects in NCE program in Nigeria. The sample size was 129 students selected by purposive sampling method. The design was a survey. The data collection instrument was a questionnaire. Four (4) research questions guided the study. Data analysed with mean. The issues identified were students do not comply with necessary laboratory safety measures, and laboratory facilities were inadequate. However, non-issues identified in the study were that students exhibited positive attitudes towards laboratory activities, and teachers apply appropriate instructional strategies in conducting laboratory activities. Based on the issues discovered, the researchers recommended, among others, that science teachers should organise awareness programs on laboratory safety for the students. Also, the authorities of the schools should provide adequate facilities for the science laboratories for a smooth running of laboratory activities.