SURVEY ON INTEGRATED SCIENCE TEACHERS’ ATTITUDES AND AWARENESS TOWARDS INNOVATIVE TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR PROMOTING CAPACITY BUILDING IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
This survey delved into the attitudes and awareness of Integrated Science teachers regarding innovative teaching strategies in senior secondary across Plateau State. Employing a purposive sampling technique, 141 Integrated Science teachers from eighteen selected schools participated in the study. The research utilized an adapted questionnaire, "Teachers' Awareness and Attitude towards Innovative Teaching Strategies," which underwent validation and reliability assessments. Employing both descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, including ANOVA and t-test, the study addressed two research questions and formulated four hypotheses. The findings indicated a commendable awareness among Integrated Science teachers regarding the existence of innovative teaching strategies, accompanied by a positive attitude toward their implementation. Gender was found to hold no significant sway on the awareness of these strategies, although female educators exhibited a more favourable attitude toward innovative teaching methodologies compared to their male counterparts. Notably, teachers' experience exhibited an inverse relationship with their attitude toward innovative teaching strategies. Based on these findings, the study recommends the organization of in-service training seminars, workshops, and symposiums tailored towards fostering innovative teaching strategies among Integrated Science educators. Such initiatives are crucial for sustaining their awareness, nurturing positive attitudes, and encouraging practical utilization, thereby enhancing performance and capacity building in the realms of science and technology within the educational landscape.