Influence Of Ability And Gender Groupings On Senior Secondary School Chemistry Students Achievement On The Concept Of Redox Reactions by Dr. N. E. U. lnyang & Mrs. Hannah E. Ekpenyong

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Abstract
The influence of ability and gender grouping on senior secondary chemistry students achievement on the concept of redox reaction was investigated. 160 senior secondary two chemistry students from two co-educational institutions in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa lbom Stale constituted the experimental and control classes. The experimental classes of 50 students consisted of mixed ability and mixed gender groups. The control classes of 110 students were in separate high, average and low ability groups and separate gender
groups respectivelv. Subjects in both experimental and control classes were exposed to practical activities on redox reactions for three weeks after writing on Achievement Test on Redox: Reaction: (ATRR) as pretest. The ATRR was re-administered to the subjects as post-test at the end of treatment. A t-test analysis revealed a significant difference between the mean post-test and pretest scores in ATRR by each of the ability levels – high, average, low, and mixed with the mixed ability recording the highest difference (at a=.05). On the basis of gender, there was no significant difference in the achievement of the students in the post-test scores but the mixed gender group achieved higher than each of the male and female groups. The need to emphasize mixed grouping of students by ability level in both single and mixed gender classes was stressed.

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Professor N.E.U. Inyang has always been a teacher. He started as an Assistant Science Master at Duke Town Secondary School, Calabar. From 1976 till date he has taught in various institutions. He was appointed Acting Head, Department of Science Education in Uniuyo from 1994-1998 and promoted Associate and full Professor of Science Education in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He has taught undergraduate courses in Science Education, supervised undergraduate projects and jointly supervised Masters and Ph.D dissertations and theses both in University of Uyo and during his sabbatical leave to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang served in various capacities in the Science Teachers‘ Association of Nigeria (STAN) at both State and National levels. It was during his tenure as Chairman of Akwa Ibom State branch of STAN, He that Akwa Ibom State Branch was adjudged the best branch of the year for an outstanding membership among other achievements. Prof. Inyang served the Akwa Ibom State Government as a resource person at various workshops for primary and secondary school science and mathematics teachers.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has been engaged in a number of Editorial services. He jointly published Integrated Science Workshop proceedings on the Integrated Science Curriculum in the 3 3 system Secondary Education in 1981. He jointly edited a book of readings on science and society 1997. He is editorial adviser of the integrated Science Education series of Integrated Science Panel of STAN and an author of the Basic Science of the University Press Plc, Ibadan, Nigeria.

To date, Prof. Nsedu Inyang has 45 publications to his credit made up of 22 journal articles and 23 book chapters, many of which can be accessed on this knowledgebase. He attended and presented several the keynote addresses and lead papers at conferences, some of which includes Teacher’s Day in 2009 at the Akwa Ibom State rally of NUT and a motivational talk at the Mobil/NNPC/Akwa Ibom State Science quiz, facilitated by the Akwa Ibom State Branch of STAN etc.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has played a number of leadership roles in his christian life. He is happily married and is blessed with successful children.
His personal knowledgebase and website can be accessed via www.nseduinyang.com.ng

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