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students’ interest and academic performance of students in biology

STUDENTS’ INTEREST AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN BIOLOGY

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Abstract

The study was undertaken to access students’ interest and academic performance of students in Biology in Oruk Anam Local Government Area. The study was drawn from five (5) public secondary schools within the Local Government Area. The only instrument for data collection was questionnaire. A total sample size of one hundred (100) respondents were selected using sample and sampling technique. Two hypotheses were formulated and tested using pearson product moment correlation (r) at 0.05 level of significance. The results showed that there is a significant correlation between female students’ interest and male students’ academic performance in Biology. This means that students with high level of interest in Biology performed better than those with low or without interest in the subject. Based on the findings, it was recommended that students should be allowed to offer subjects of their interest so that it will motivate them to learn and also qualified teachers should be employed to help, not only in teaching but also encouraging students to develop interest in Biology in Oruk Anam Local Government Area. It has been concluded that, students who are not interested in Biology performed below average.

Students’ interest and academic performance of students in biology

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1     Background to the Study

One of the objectives of secondary education in Nigeria is to equip student with a desire for achievement of self realization at both school and in future (Nation Policy on Education 2014). Evans (2005) state that interest relates with memory which is the feeling that one have when he or she wants to learn more about something. It is a sure way of determining success in academy performance in most schools. If the person does not have the interest and readiness to acquire proficiency in a field he or she is not likely to achieve any great success. This is because the person will not have the necessary drive required to train himself or herself.

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According to Shufele (2001) interest is a content specific motivation of characteristics composed of intrinsic feeling-related and value-related initiatives with an organized force. Shufele has distinguished two conceptions of interest: individual and situations interest.

Individual interest is understood as a long-term direction of an individual towards a type of object activity or area of knowledge while situational interest is an external locus and it is defined as “an emotional state brought about by situational stimuli” (Akinsanya, 2007).

Performance is known to relate with interest and attitude of student toward examination and test scores in the school. This form the basis for this research undertaking, to investigate whether there is a relationship between students’ interest and academic performance of students in Biology in secondary schools.

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