INFLUENCE OF GENDER ON SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEFS HELD BY SENIOR SCHOOL SCIENCE STUDENTS OF EDE, OSUN STATE NIGERIA

Authors

  • Mulkah Adebisi Ahmed

Abstract

This study identified the superstitious beliefs held by the senior school science students of Ede, Osun State, Nigeria. Scientific explanations and educational implications of the identified superstitious beliefs were investigated. Purposive random sampling technique was employed to select 300 Senior School (SS) 2 students based on gender. The responses received formed data for the analysis. The Biology-related Superstitious Beliefs Questionnaire (BSBQ) formed the instrument. Four research questions were raised and answered and one hypothesis was formulated and tested. The data collected were
subjected to frequency count, percentage and ranking. The results indicated that (i) the students held some superstitious beliefs about environment, rain, birth, family planning and others. (ii) A good number of the superstitious beliefs were found to have scientific explanations while some do not have. (iii) Superstitious beliefs affect students in classroom situations (iv) female students held more superstitious beliefs than their male counterparts although the difference was not significant. It was recommended among others that Science educators should relate science more closely to students and provide scientific explanations to superstitious beliefs held by the students irrespective of their gender.

 

Author Biography

Mulkah Adebisi Ahmed

 

 

Published

2023-02-16