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Title:The competence of junior secondary school pupils in some selected science process skills
Author:Otieno-Alego
Year:1991
Periodical:Kenya Journal of Education
Volume:5
Issue:1
Pages:84-105
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:academic achievement
science education
secondary education
education
science
students
Abstract:Recognizing the complementary aspect of skills acquisition to science learning, the present study explores the competence of junior secondary school pupils in Kenya in four science processes, namely observation, prediction, generalization and controlling variables. The results indicate sex differences in performance, especially in favour of boys in a number of classes. The author recommends that Kenya's junior secondary school pupils should be offered opportunities during science lessons to gain experience in using the skills of observation, prediction, generalization and controlling variables, and that greater attention should be paid to girls in particular in this respect. Moreover, the development of open-mindedness should equally be the concern of Kenya's secondary science curriculum. The present science curriculum can be utilized without modification in helping pupils acquire science process skills irrespective of whether the lesson is in physics, chemistry or biology. Bibliogr.
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