Examining the Challenges of Course Content Coverage in due Time Allocation and Teaching Practices as Perceived by Students in the Subject of Chemistry

  • Dr. Asaf Niwaz Associate Professor, University of Haripur
  • Dr. Kifayat Khan Assistant Professor, The University of Haripur
  • Dr. Habib Elahi Sahibzada Associate Professor, University of Mansehra
Keywords: Chemistry, Public Schools, Teachers, Course Coverage, Theoretical and Practical

Abstract

The study was conducted to examine the challenges of content coverage of chemistry textbooks in due time allocation in the National Curriculum and the students’ perception of the teaching practices of teachers at secondary schools. Two research questions were constructed; to what extent, the curriculum of Chemistry in terms of ‘content coverage has been implemented in public schools with special attention to theoretical and practical aspects of contents distributed term wise? How teachers teach chemistry content both theoretically and practically in classrooms? To find out the answer to these questions, the survey method was applied. One questionnaire was prepared for teachers while students were interviewed to understand their perception about teaching practices. Quantitative data was collected in the first phase while students were interviewed in the second phase. The sample comprised of 97 teachers (56 male and 41 female teachers) teaching Chemistry to secondary level students and 27 students (15 boys and 12 girls). Percentage and mean score were calculated against the responses of teachers taken through the Likert scale. Open-ended responses from students were presented in paragraph form after generating themes for descriptions. Major results included; one teaching period was insufficient for content coverage of 9th and 10th classes to cover theoretical and practical aspects of the course of chemistry. Apart from teaching periods, extra periods for practical work should be allocated in time table to complete the theoretical and practical work at the secondary level. It was suggested that all teachers who teach chemistry must be familiarized with the use of supporting materials like audio-visual aids for practical work to enhance the learning of students

Published
2020-12-26
How to Cite
Dr. Asaf Niwaz, Dr. Kifayat Khan, & Dr. Habib Elahi Sahibzada. (2020). Examining the Challenges of Course Content Coverage in due Time Allocation and Teaching Practices as Perceived by Students in the Subject of Chemistry. Research Journal of Social Sciences and Economics Review (RJSSER), 1(4), 265-272. https://doi.org/10.36902/rjsser-vol1-iss4-2020(265-272)