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  Session: Post-deadline Abstracts (Papers)
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: School-based Factors and Physics Students' Enrollment and Achievement in Nigeria
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:00PM
  Author: Telima Adolphus, University of York, UK
+447767561913, telimabel@yahoo.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Despite the laudable relevance of physics and physics education, the teaching and learning of physics is still bedeviled by several challenges of poor infrastructure and inadequate teaching and learning facilities in Nigeria. This study utilized the mixed methods to examine the effect of school-based factors on the enrolment and achievement of senior secondary school physics students in selected locations in Nigeria. In all 248 physics students, 116 non-physics students and 14 physics teachers were involved in the study to elicit data. Major findings from the study revealed that students’ achievement and enrolment correlated positively with resource availability, teacher qualification, resource utilization and teaching experience. The implication of this study is that schools in Nigeria are poorly financed with grossly inadequate laboratory facilities and resources for the teaching and learning physics which has resulted to the low popularity of the subject among students and poor achievement.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT presentation School-based Factors and physics enrolment_achievement_Telima A2.pptx

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