ERIC Number: ED400199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
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Mathematics in Physics - Which Way Forward: The Influence of Mathematics On Students' Attitudes to the Teaching of Physics.
Ogunsola-Bandele, Mercy F.
Physics has been reported to be the least popular of the science subjects among high school students in Nigeria. In fact the low enrollment and poor grades even for majority students that enroll has been a great concern to most science teachers and curriculum planners. This study examined students' attitudes on the teaching and learning of physics. Particular attention was focused on students' views on the influence of the knowledge of mathematics on the learning of physics. The sample consisted of 104 high school students from 3 different schools in Kaduna State, north of Nigeria. A 25-item instrument based on the 4-point Likert scale of responses was administered to the students during their normal class. The results obtained revealed that although students enjoy and are interested in studying physics, there are a number of problems encountered: too many facts/technical terms to learn, the textbooks are difficult to read, and the students would rather do without the mathematical aspect for it lowers their grades in the subject. The implication of this to the curriculum developers is discussed. Contains 21 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria