Learning influence and Academic performance of students in chemistry in Mosocho division, Kisii district, Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The purpose of this study was to investigate the learning int1uence and academic performance in chemistry in secondary schools in Mosocho Division. Kisii District. Kenya. This study was necessitated by the repeated poor performance \\·itnessed amongst candidates in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) .Examinations in Chemistry subject in the division. The study therefore sought to establish the factors behind the same with the view for setting the stage for reviews and reforms in pedagogy and learning environment. The literature review focused on the teacher related factors. student related l~tctors and physical facilities as the ones that may inf1uence performance of students in a subject. This was because performance of learners is believed to be a function of teaching and learning processes, of which these L1ctors are indispensable. The study targeted all the 16 schools in Mosocho division of Kisii District. In the schools, there were 16 teachers of Chemistry, 16 Head teachers and !.800 students who were in form 3 and form 4 and taking Chemistry. further. the physical f~Kilities that arc used in teaching Chemistry were targeted. Such facilities are laboratories. Laboratory equipment and text books among others. The researcher used simple random sampling in the selection of schools for the study. Thus. eight (50'%) schools were selected. Purposive sampling strategy \Vas used in the selection of 16 teachers or Chemistry and 16 Heaclteachers. The study rurthcr used the sale Study in the selection or Form 3 and Form 4 Chemistry students I(H· the Study. The physical t~Kilities were observed and the documents analyzed \\ere selected .·. purposively. The researcher Litilized questionnaires in soliciting inl(xmation li·om the ill; Chemistry teachers. hcadteachcrs and students oi'Chcmistry. The ubsLT\'atiun guide used in soliciting information about the actual physical racialists that aid Chemistry teaching within the schools in the study. The document analysis guide was also used in accessing the student performance in K.C.S.L in the schools in !tile last 5 years and the actual inventory schools. The findings of the study were reported using means. percentages. frequencies tables and standard deviations.
A research project presented to the Institute of Continuing and Distance Studies Kampala International University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Bachelor of Education (Science) in Chemistry with Guidance and Counseling
Academic performance, Learning influence, Chemistry, Kisii district, Kenya