n Educare - An intervention programme to promote the choice of Physical Science by secondary school learners

Volume 31, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-8829



This article reports on an intervention programme that promotes the study of Physical Science by secondary school learners. The programme is based on learner variables (achievement, self-concept and view of Physical Science as a valuable subject) and teacher variables, namely, teaching methods (demonstrations and co-operative learning) and acting as appropriate role models. To test the programme, a questionnaire was administered as a pre-test and post-test to two groups of black Grade 9 learners from two similar schools, respectively. The first group was the experimental group where the programme was implemented for a semester. The second group was a comparison group that was not exposed to the programme. Significant differences between the two groups indicate that if the study of Physical Science is to be promoted at school, appropriate strategies that improve self-concept and achievement and effective teaching methods need to be used regularly by science teachers. The above-mentioned research also raised a number of meaningful questions.

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