Sky Journals of Educational Research Vol. 5(4), pp. 053-059, October, 2017. Available online http://www.skyjournals.org/SJER

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Effect of gender on students’ interest in standard mixture separation techniques using ethnochemistry teaching approach

 

Oluwatosin Victor Ajayi1*, Terver Samuel Agamber2 and Terfa Michael Angura1

 

1Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.
2Department of Biology, College of Education, Oju, Benue State, Nigeria.

 

*Corresponding author. E-mail: drvictorajayi@gmail.com.

 

Accepted 26 October, 2017

Abstract

In this study, the effect of gender on students’ interest in standard mixture separation techniques using ethnochemistry teaching approach was investigated. A sample of 198 students from six purposively selected secondary schools out of a population of 3,706 Senior Secondary I students from Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria was used for the study. The study adopted non-equivalent quasi-experimental research design. The instrument used for data collection was Separation Techniques Interest Inventory (STII) with the reliability value of 0.84 using Kuder-Richardson (KR-21). Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The research questions were answered using Mean and Standard Deviation scores while the hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance using Analysis of Covariance. The study revealed that there is no significant difference in the mean interest scores between male and female students taught standard mixture separation techniques using ethnochemistry approach; [F(1,97) = 6.300, P>0.050]. It also found no significant interaction effect between methods and gender on the mean interest scores of students in standard mixture separation techniques; [F(1,197) =0.318, P>0.050]. It was recommended that both male and female students should be involved in ethnochemistry and chemistry curriculum should be restructured to reflect Nigerian culture (indigenous chemistry practices) in order to enhance both male and female students’ interest.

Key words:
Ethnochemistry, gender, interest, standard mixture separation techniques.  
 

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