International Journal of
Science and Technology Education Research

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sci. Technol. Educ. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6559
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSTER
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 79

Full Length Research Paper

Effects of teaching method on retention of Agricultural Science knowledge in senior secondary schools of Bauchi Local Government Area, Nigeria

Abdulhamid Auwal
  Vocational and Technology Education Programme, School of Technology Education, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, P. M. B. 0248, Bauchi, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 June 2013
  •  Published: 31 July 2013



This study determined the effect of two teaching methods (demonstration and discussion) on student’s retention of Agricultural Science knowledge in secondary schools of Bauchi metropolis. The study was guided by two research questions based on the specific objectives and three null hypotheses, tested at 0.05 level of significance. The pretest-posttest control group quasi-experimental design was employed. All the students from three intact SS II classes were used; one class each from three randomly selected schools. A 20 item multiple choice achievement test was administered to the two treatment groups before and after the treatment and the scores so obtained were analyzed by mean, standard deviation and t-test. The findings revealed that both the two teaching methods have significant effect on student’s retention of Agricultural Science knowledge. Demonstration method was found to be more effective in making the students to remember Agricultural Science knowledge. It was therefore recommended that the demonstration method be used with confidence to teach Agriculture Science in Bauchi State secondary schools.


Key words: Teaching methods, student’s retention, Agricultural Science, secondary schools.