EFFECT OF COMPUTER STUDIES ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SOME SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ABEOKUTA, OGUN-STATE.

Academic Achievement


Abstract

This study examined the effect of team teaching on the academic achievement of students in introductory technology. Two secondary schools were randomly selected for this study. The instrument used for data collection was the Introductory Technology Achievement Test (ITAT) which contains 50 multiple-choice items. The result of this study showed that there is a significant difference between the mean posttest achievement of students taught using team teaching and those taught in a conventional single-teacher classroom.

Background to the Study

According to Uwameiye (1993), introductory technology helps students at the junior secondary school to explore the world of work, make intelligent career choices, and develop informed patterns of consumption. In this study, introductory technology did not in any way provide training for specific occupations or develop such competencies. Introductory technology exposes students at the junior secondary school (J.S.S) level to technology through exploratory activities. This helps to develop good attitudes in the students towards technology and the industry. Thus the introduction of introductory technology at the junior secondary school in Nigeria supports achievement of Nigeria’s quest to build individuals who will:

  • adjust to the changing environment;

  • deal with forces which influence the future and

  • participate in controlling his/her own destiny.

Introductory technology is one of the pre-vocational subjects at the junior secondary school level in Nigeria. Uwameiye and Onyewadume (1999) stated that pre-vocational subjects provide students with a process of orientation in production and consumption through experiences in planning, producing, testing, servicing and evaluating types of consumer and industrial goods. The researchers explain further that, through the exposure of students to pre-vocational subjects, students develop a broader understanding of industrial processes as they explore their individual interests and develop aptitudes. In introductory technology, students at J.S.S level are exposed to various opportunities available in the world of work and are thus oriented, in many occupational areas, to see the need for school continuity at the senior secondary school level and beyond. Introductory technology gives students the opportunity to apply principles of planning and design, construction techniques, and scientific principles, to the solution of problems.