Cultivating Students’ Positive Attitude in Biology through Computer-Assisted Learning
The study was designed to investigate the effect of Computer-Assisted Learning (CAL) on secondary school students’ attitude towards Biology subject in Mt-Elgon sub-county, Bungoma County, Kenya. The purpose of the study was therefore to investigate the effect of CAL on secondary school students’ attitude towards Biology as a subject. The study was conducted in twelve purposively selected secondary schools in Mt Elgon sub-county, where students have persistently scored low grades in the subject. The study focus was the effect of CAL as an intervention on students’ attitude towards Biology. The key objective of the study was to investigate the effect of computer-assisted learning on students’ attitudes towards Biology as a subject. The study adopted a quasi-experimental design. Stratified sampling was used to separate secondary schools equipped with computers and those without computers. A total of 6 schools equipped with computers and 6 schools without computers participated in the study. To select the study respondents from the sampled schools, a simple random sampling technique was employed. Through questionnaires, data was collected from 274 students sampled from a population frame of 946 students. Data analysis was done using inferential and descriptive statistics with the aid of SPSS and Excel computer programme. The findings of the study showed that CAL was effective in enhancing the students’ positive attitude towards biological knowledge hence achievement as compared to the conventional approaches of teaching. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher recommended that all schools should strive to be equipped with computers and the necessary software so that both learners and their teachers can access them for meaningful learning to take place. The findings of the study are useful to Biology teachers, students, curriculum developers (KICD), and policy makers.
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