Pedagogic Transformation: Blending of Reinforcement and Inquiry Learning in Innovative Science as Resilience Technique

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Odunmbaku, Adiat
Afolabi, Moriliat Jumoke
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Building Resilience // In this paper, blending reinforcement and inquiry learning in innovative science (technological approaches) as resilience technique was presented. The study was designed to determine the effectiveness of these innovative approaches in improving students’ performance. The views about reinforcement and inquiry methods were used as data collection instrument. To this end two research questions were raised and two research hypotheses were formulated to answer the research questions. The study adopted the quasi-experimental design of pre-test post-test non-equivalent control groups. Sixty 100Level undergraduate students of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) were used. After four weeks of online facilitation of quantitative and qualitative techniques, acid-base reaction and determination of radicals, a-20 item questions which was well validated and had reliability coefficient of 0.80 were administered to the students before and after application of the teaching strategies on the students. After that the students were reinforced and tested with the same questions. Mean, Standard Deviation and t.test were the statistical tools used to analysis the data. The result of the study shows that students with the blend of guided inquiry and reinforcement learning performed significantly well than students with only guided inquiry learning. In addition, the types of degree (BSc/BSc. (Ed.)) has significant influence on students’ performance in favour of BSc. Students. Based on the findings of this study, it was recommended among others that university lecturers should be encouraged to blend guided inquiry with reinforcement as a teaching method in delivery of their lessons especially in the teaching of some concepts in chemistry. // Paper ID 1509
Pedagogy, Assessment, Blended Learning, Educational Resilience