STUDENTS’ ATTITUDES TOWARD VIRTUAL LABORATORY IN TEACHING BIOLOGY IN LAGOS STATE.

Authors

  • Adedamola A. KAREEM

Keywords:

virtual labouratory, biology

Abstract

This study investigated students’ attitudes - accessibility, ease-to-use, interest and preference for virtual laboratory in learning biology. The study employed descriptive survey design. Purposive sampling method was used to select schools supplied with virtual laboratory tools in Education District I in Lagos state. One SSS II biology class was randomly selected in each of the schools. This made up 579 biology students who participated in the study. Students’ Attitude to Virtual Laboratory Questionnaire (SAVLQ) (r = 0.80) was used to collect data for the study. The data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics. The study answered four research questions. The result obtained showed that biology students have access (average mean response of 3.29) to, and interest (average mean response of 2.74) in virtual laboratory. It was also revealed that biology students do not find it easy to use (average mean response of 2.16) or prefer virtual laboratory (average mean response of 2.22) in learning biology. Based on the findings, it is recommended that government and other proprietors of secondary schools should provide virtual laboratory tools for learning biology and encourage teachers to use it for biology students. This is to enable opportunities of easy to use and preference among students.

Published

2022-03-01