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Greener Journal of Educational Research

Vol. 11(1), pp. 11-23, 2021

ISSN: 2276-7789

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Impact of Teaching Methods on Students Negative Attitudes towards Physics



Awandia, Joseph Tazitabong (Ph.D)



Senior Lecturer, Department of Curriculum Studies and Teaching, Faculty of Education, University of Buea.






Article No.: 041821039

Type: Research



This research was to investigate how teacher’s teaching methods can change students’ negative attitudes towards physics to positive. To verify this, four hypotheses were formulated and tested. The research design was Quasi-Experimental. Data were collected using a standardized test and an attitude questionnaire. A standardized test was used to test the students after they were taught using, lecture, lecture-demonstration / performance, cooperative and inquiry teaching methods. Pre-test and post-test were administered to the four groups before and after teaching using the attitude questionnaire. Reliability factor for questionnaire on student’s attitude towards physics had Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of 0.80. This study was carried out in two secondary schools in Fako Division, South West Region of Cameroon. The sample of the study was made up of 41 physics students of form three. To select schools for this study, purposive sampling technique was used. The three experimental groups and one control group were taught the concepts of temperature, heat-conduction, convection and radiation for three weeks. The data collected were subjected to both descriptive and inferential statistics. The data collected were analyzed descriptively using frequencies, means and percentages. Inferentially, the data were analyzed using one-way analyses of variance, (ANOVA). The results showed that, students taught using lecture – demonstration/ performance teaching method performed best followed by those taught using cooperative teaching method and the lecture – inquiry teaching method while those taught using traditional lecture method performed last. The conclusion was that, effective teaching methods can change students’ negative attitudes towards physics to positive. Based on the above findings the following recommendations were proffered; practicing physics teachers who are not professional should undergo in-service training through seminars and workshops, and physics teachers should also use appropriate teaching aids. For example, in the case of inquiry, this cannot be effectively carried out in schools where the libraries are not well stocked. Government should endeavour to equip the libraries with more physics text books and physics laboratories with equipment so that the learning experiences of the students can become more meaningful and interesting. This is because, it will enable the teachers to use the lecture-demonstration/performance, cooperative and inquiry teaching methods frequently.


Accepted:  23/04/2021

Published: 07/06/2021


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Awandia, Joseph Tazitabong

E-mail: awandiatazi@ gmail. com



Impact; Teaching; Methods; Negative; Attitudes and Physics.




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Cite this Article: Awandia, JT (2021). Impact of Teaching Methods on Students Negative Attitudes towards Physics. Greener Journal of Educational Research, 11(1): 11-23.


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