1.1 BACK GROUND OF THE STUDY
The West African Examination Council and the National Examination Council, the major examination bodies in Nigeria have been recording poor results from candidates who sit for examination on Agricultural Science. Besides, the enrollment for the examinations in Agricultural Science is on the decline. These could be attributed to lack of interest in the subject and poor perception that Agricultural Science has no future prospects for those who study it or that those who choose to further in it will end up as mere farmers.
Agriculture is the mainstay of the Nigerian economy and its contribution to the nation and humanity can not be over emphasized. But the attitude of students towards studying it is not encouraging at all. There have been a large number of investigations or researches on the “attitude of Students towards Science and Science education. There has been very few works relating to student attitude towards Agricultural Science. Student performances in external examinations as well as the low enrolment of students in Agricultural Science have been very poor and discouraging in recent past. Hence the great need for investigating into remote causes of this phenomenon. The consequences of this phenomenon are far reaching as it may affect the technological breakthrough needed by our country. With this, the research work is an empirical study of “A STUDY OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ATTITUDE TOWARDS AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE” (A Case Study of Dominican College Mafoluku). Approximately 4000 employment opportunities go unfilled because of too few new college graduates with expertise in agriculture, natural resources, veterinary medicine, and closely aligned fields (Coulter, 1986). The purpose of this project is to investigate the attitude of students in Agricultural Science and to what extent their attitude could influence their apt in agricultural science considering the importance of Agricultural Science in our society and make possible recommendation for the authorities concern.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The number of students who offer Agricultural Science as a subject is on the decline. This can be attributed to the bias against the subject. Some students are of the perception that it has no future prospects for its students. Others believe that it is not as important as Mathematics and English Language which they view as core subjects. This could be one of the reasons for the lack of motivation to learn the subject. Another form of bias towards the studying of this subject is that of erroneous association of Agriculture with the local farmer tag. Some students assume that whoever studies Agricultural Science as a major will end up as a mere farmer and they do not want to become farmers. Therefore, these biases can go a long way to hinder or dampen the spirit to participate effectively so as to perform optimally. It is against this backdrop that this study on the student’s personality characteristics and how these influence their academic performance in Agricultural Science was embarked upon. .
1.3 PURPOSE OF STUDY
Despite the importance of agriculture to the society, the attitude of students towards studying it over the years, and their performance level in WAEC Agricultural Science have call for the need to investigate the course. This topic was therefore chosen because of the observation made in the number of students offering Agricultural Science in most secondary schools. They are always very few and also the attitude of the students is not encouraging at all. This research is aimed at identifying the problems affecting the lack of interest of the students in the subject and to uplift its importance. Modern research methods and technique will be used by the researcher in finding out the reasons for the appalling attitude of students in Agricultural Science and the likely solutions to these problems.
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