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School Environment and Some Psycho-Social Determinant of Secondary School Students’ Outcomes in Physics in Ibadan

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SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AND SOME PSYCHO-SOCIAL DETERMINANT OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ OUTCOMES IN PHYSICS IN IBADAN CHAPTER ONE

1.0 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY

Physics plays a pertinent role as a result of its widespread application in all areas of life and in the field of success, technology, industry and mines. Odunko (2002) is of the opinion that science, technology and science education plays a dominant role in the developmental efforts of nations the world over. Olatoye (2002) assessed that the potential science output of Nigerian Secondary Schools, and found that only 10% of the candidates who entered Physics in Senior Secondary School Examination had appropriate grades which could qualify them to register for any science and technology based course. Bajah (1999) is also of the opinion that the Nigerian society is aware of the importance and tremendous applications of scientific knowledge, which has Physics as its language and it is common knowledge that without science, there is no technology and without Physics, there is no science which forms the basis for technological innovations. So, Physics is seen as the bedrock or foundation of technological advancements. It is the key to technology and entrance to technological findings. Because of the key importance of Physics, Adeyegbe (2005) regarded it as a single unified discipline of great power and elegance, which provides an essential element in the intellectual and cultural development of individual. Happenings in the world today are based on the principles, laws and theories of Physics. Also, Physics is the source on which living and non-living things perform their tasks and responds to the earthly phenomenal. Every characteristic of living things are made easy with Physics. The infrastructural facilities of the world today such as good roads, electricity, comfortable housing and good shelter, even the means of mobility from one form to...