THE USE OF CHEMISTRY DEMONSTRATION TO FOSTER CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATIVE LEARNING AMONG SOME SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN OGUN STATE

I.S. Bankole, O. O. Oludipe

Abstract


The study investigated the effect of using cooperative learning strategies and demonstration method to foster conceptual understanding of electrolysis among secondary students in Ogun state. Two null hypotheses guided the study. A pre-test ,treatment and  post-test quasi experimental design which employed a sample of 113 senior secondary two (SS2) Chemistry students from three public schools. Electrolysis Achievement Test (EAT) was used for data collection which was validated and the coefficient of internal consistency was 0.79. Mean , standard deviation and Analysis of Covariance were used to test the null hypotheses at p <0.05.The result obtained showed that students taught using co-operative learning strategy performed significantly better than those taught using demonstration and lecture methods. No significant difference of gender was found. Based on the findings, the use of co-operative learning strategy was recommended to chemistry teachers teaching electrolysis.

Key words: Conceptual understanding, cooperative learning, demonstration, electrolysis.


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