FACTORS INHIBITING THE EFFECTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF SCIENCE – A FOCUS ON LAGOS STATE SCHOOLS

Abstract:

Science teachers and their ideas and beliefs may play a major role in science education reform since science teachers’ ideas and beliefs often lead to actions and these actions ultimately impact on students. This investigation was focused on Lagos State teachers and their schools. Their ideas about factors inhibiting effective science teaching and learning in their schools were investigated. The entire 70 of them involved in integrated science teaching and learning in the 30 junior secondary schools in Ojo Local Education District were surveyed using a questionnaire. Findings from the study reveal that most significant factors inhibiting effective teaching and learning of science in the schools, starting from limited resources, lack of appropriate textbooks, students’ poor attitude towards science, large classes, inadequate laboratory facilities, and lack of job motivation among others.