EVALUATION OF THE INTEREST, MOTIVATION AND ATTITUDE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS' TOWARDS ELECTRONIC LEARNING OF SCIENCES AMIDST COVID 19 PANDEMIC IN FCT, ABUJA

Author(s): APOCHI, M.A. HARUNA, O.I & BASILIA, C.D.
Volume/Issue: Volume 1 , Issue 1 (2021)

ABSTRACT:

Formal education systems transmit knowledge, values, attitudes and skills through the institutions. The ongoing discontinuity in the formal system of education due to COVID- 19 pandemic has resulted in lockdown of these institutions. In Nigeria, learners has to embrace the emerging computer- based technology (e-learning) to make them active learners during and after the lockdown. This study evaluates the interest, motivation and attitude of secondary school students towards science learning during and after the pandemic period. The descriptive survey research design was adapted to elicited response from the students through a 36-item structured questionnaire. Data obtained from the study were analyzed using the mean and standard deviation statistics to answer the research questions while the t-test statistic was used to compare the mean scores of male and female student’s interest, motivation and attitude toward e-learning of science in the area of study. Results obtained from the study showed that p=0.65> 0.05, p=0.57> 0.05, p=0.47> 0.05 and p=0.24> 0.05 for t-test of male and female choice of platforms for elearning, interest, motivation and attitude respectively. Since all p-values are greater than the alpha value of 0.05, these indicate that there are no statistically significant differences in the mean ratings on the basis of gender. It was also revealed that very few e-learning platforms are used by the students. However, their attitude and interest are positive but motivation to science e-learning is low. Recommendations based on these findings were made to the extent of provision of e-learning facilities in schools to facilitate e-learning, teachers training and retraining and other student and teachers’ motivational strategies.

KEYWORDS:

COVID-19, Science, e-learning, Interest, Motivation, Attitude.