EFFECTS OF TRAINING BIOLOGY TEACHERS IN SCIENTIFIC THINKING SKILLS ON TEACHING BEHAVIOURS AND ACHIEVEMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY TWO STUDENTS IN KANO, NIGERIA
Keywords:Achievement, Biology, Scientific thinking skills, Teaching behaviours.
The study investigated the effects of training biology teachers in scientific thinking skills on teaching behaviours and achievement of senior secondary two students in Kano State, Nigeria. The study employed the non-randomized pre-test, post-test quasi-experimental control group design. A population of 4879 senior secondary school two students was drawn from 65 schools, and 48 biology teachers The sample for the study comprised 975 SS2 students, 30 from 30 schools and 30 teachers. Three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. Instruments used for data collection were Teachers Classroom Observation Checklist (TCOC) and Biology Achievement Test (BAT). The data were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 26.0. Research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation while hypotheses were tested using Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) at 0.05 level of significance. Findings of the study revealed that students taught using scientific thinking skills achieved higher in biology compared to those taught using lecture method. Furthermore, it was revealed that exposure of biology teachers to scientific thinking skills increased teachers’ teaching behaviours more than those who were not exposed to scientific thinking skills training. It was concluded that training teachers in scientific thinking skills improved their teaching behaviours, as well as, students’ achievement in biology. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that teachers should be trained in scientific thinking skills for improved pedagogical skills which will culminate in enhanced achievement. outcomes by students in biology.