n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Overcoming teacher-related challenges to performance in Biology subject among secondary school students in Eldoret municipality, Kenya

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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This paper identifies and discusses the teacher-related factors and how they influence performance in Biology, as a science subject, based on a research done in Eldoret Municipality. The study was conducted through an ex post facto design. A total of ten secondary schools (out of 30) were selected to make up the sample. Target respondents were form three students and teachers of Biology (those teaching form three) within the municipality of Eldoret. The study sample of 225 respondents, 200 students and 25 teachers, was obtained by using stratified sampling technique, because of the differences in characteristics. Simple random sampling was then used to choose the streams and particular students who participated in the study. Purposive sampling was used to obtain only the students who study Biology. The study employed questionnaires, observations and interviews to collect data. The data was analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) computer program. The results were presented using descriptive and inferential statistics and analyzed using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. The respondents viewed the use of appropriate teaching methods and materials, manageable student numbers in class, teachers' ability to communicate well and teachers giving regular assessment as factors leading to good performance in Biology. On the other hand, the study revealed that large student numbers in a class, teaching staff shortage and teachers' ill health lower students' performance in Biology. The study is significant as it provides insights into the factors that influence performance of students in Biology in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

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