INFLUENCE OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ON TEACHING OF BASIC SCIENCES IN PRE SCHOOLS IN MAKURDI METROPOLIS
ABSTRACT The Â study Â examined Â the Â influence Â of Â instructional Â materials on the teaching of Basic Science in Selected schools in, Makurdi. Â This study made use of Survey Research Design. TEN (10) Government and private pre schools were used. It had the population of 2,150 basic science students and 30 basic science teachers. Â Sample of 206 students were randomly selected with 10 basic science teachers.Â Â The instrument used for collection of data was a questionnaire designed by the researcher for the teachers and students of basic science. Based on this study, instructional materials was seen as possessing characteristics of visibility, simplicity, attraction, and clarity. That instruction material is important to influence students academic performance in basic science. Â Recommendations were made in line with the findings, which include the basic science teachers should endeavour to use and try to improvise instructional materials for effective teaching of basic science in pre schools.Â Â Government should ensure the adequate employment of dedicated and qualified basic science teachers and make funds available and sponsor the teachers Â attendance Â atÂ Â conferences, Â seminars,Â Â andÂ Â workshopsÂ Â onÂ Â utilization Â of basic science instructional materials. In conclusion, students perform better when appropriate and improvised materials were made available and utilized in teaching basic science. The basic science knowledge and subsequent performance of students in both pre andÂ preÂ pre schoolsÂ andÂ basic science asÂ a subject becomes more interesting to learn when it was taught by experienced, well committed, dedicated and qualified basic science teachers.Â Â Â Teaching of basic science will not be completed if the instructional materials needed to facilitate learning are not sourced for, and properly utilized for each basic science topic designed to be taught and construct others using available local materials.
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