Investigating impact of computer simulation on secondary education of biology students
Alakwe Lilian Chinenye, Dr. Oriji Abraham, Dr. Cheta Williams
The study investigated the possible effect of the use of computer simulation on secondary school Biology students’ Academic performance and retention in Port Harcourt city local government area, Rivers state. The quasi-experimental design was adopted. A total of 180 SS1 students was drawn from an intact class formed the sample size. The population of the study was 1,243 students in the three selected schools who are offering Biology. Two instruments namely; senior secondary Biology performance test (SSBPT) and senior secondary Biology retention test (SSBRT) were used for the data collection. Two research questions and two hypotheses were used for the study. Mean and standard deviation was used to answer research questions while the research hypotheses were analyzed using ANCOVA at.05 level of significance. The findings established that students taught with computer simulation performed and retained better than students taught using demonstration method. It was recommended that biology teachers should make use of computer simulation in teaching since it enhances students understanding and retention of biology course. Biology teachers should improve themselves innovatively by attending workshops, and learn how to use computer simulation in teaching biology.