Comparison of Male and Female Senior Secondary School Students’ Learning Outcomes in Science in Katsina State, Nigeria

Kayode John Olasehinde, Rafiu Ademola Olatoye


The study compared male and female senior secondary school students’ learning outcomes in science in Katsina State, Nigeria. The sample consisted of 204 students randomly selected from the three geopolitical zones of the state. Two instruments were used viz: (1) Attitude towards Science Questionnaire (ASQ); (2) Science Achievement Test (SAT). The respondents were asked to indicate their gender on the instruments. Data collected were analysed using t-test. The findings of the research showed that there were no significant difference between male and female students in overall science achievement (t = -0.678, p>0.05), attitude to science (t =0.387, p>0.05) and also biology, chemistry and physics achievements (t = 0.502, 1.501 and 0.645, p>0.05 respectively). It is therefore recommended among others that teachers should evoke instructional strategies that will sustain the gender equality in students’ learning outcomes in science.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n2p517

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