Assessment of Physics Material Resources in Stem and the Level of Acquisition of Entrepreneurial Skills among Senior Secondary Students in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District

Abstract

The study investigated effective application of STEM education through assessment of physics material resources and the level of acquisition of entrepreneurial skills. A survey design was adopted for the study. Random sampling technique was used in drawing 250 SS3 physics students from 4 urban and 3 rural public secondary schools in Uyo Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State. Four research questions were raised and two null hypotheses were formulated to guide the investigation. Two instruments, Physics Entrepreneurial Skills Acquisition Test (PESAT) with reliability coefficient of 0.72 and Physics Material Resources Assessment Checklist (PMRAC) with reliability coefficient of 0.81 were used in generating the data for the study. The reliability coefficients were determined using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Technique (PPMC). Mean and percentage were used in answering research questions while t-test was used in testing null hypotheses at significant level of 1.05. The findings revealed that physics students have low level of acquisition of entrepreneurial skills. There is no gender or location influence in the level of acquisition of entrepreneurial skills among physics students. The study also revealed that resource materials for teaching and learning of entrepreneurial skills were either rarely or non-available in secondary schools. Based on the findings, it was recommended that adequate resources should be provided by the State Ministry of Education for effective acquisition of entrepreneurial skills on STEM education.

Keywords: STEM Education, assessment, physics, material resources, acquisition and entrepreneurial skills.http://www. benchmarkjournals.com

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