Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2018, Page: 179-189
Student Preference for Opting Biology and Computer Science at Secondary Level
Syed Waqar Shah, Department of Science Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Qudsia Riffat, Department of Science Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Arusa Ghafar, Department of Science Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Syed Ali Raza Kazmi, Department of Science Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Received: Nov. 22, 2018;       Accepted: Dec. 17, 2018;       Published: Jan. 16, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.edu.20180706.15      View  205      Downloads  55
Abstract
This study entitled student preferences for opting Biology & computer Education at secondary level was a descriptive survey type study. All the students enrolled in Islamabad Model Colleges of Boys and Girls (IMCB, IMCG) at S. S. C level in district Islamabad were the population of this study. A systematic random sampling was selected from all the IMCB & IMCG (total eight) presently offering biology and computer education. Two sections of grade 9th & 10th were selected randomly. A systematic random sample of students was selected by taking the students whose roll number was multiple of two. The objective of the study was to explore the factor’s which effect student’s preference for biology & computer science, & to find out the difference among the boys & girls preference. The data was collected through a questionnaire. Main findings of the study were as follows:- students awareness of the future prospects of the subject there self-interest, & to some extent parents influence & family trend are the major deciding factor in students choice of the subjects. However the view that biology is a girl subject & computer is a boy subject do not prevail among students not at least among male students hence it is not a deciding factor. Factors such as lack of computer lab facilities, difficulty in mathematical & theoretical aspects of computer education made students to decide against opting for the subject. While the descriptive nature of biology, cramming the classifications & terms, handling of animals & plants, are some of the major factors affecting students to decide against the choice of biology. It is recommended that less stress should be given to cramming in biology & the subject should be made more interesting & creative to enhance student in the subject while more facilities should be provided particularly in female schools for computer education. Computer should studied as a compulsory tool of education, rather as an elective subject.
Keywords
Secondary Education, Computer, Biology, Students
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Syed Waqar Shah, Qudsia Riffat, Arusa Ghafar, Syed Ali Raza Kazmi, Student Preference for Opting Biology and Computer Science at Secondary Level, Education Journal. Vol. 7, No. 6, 2018, pp. 179-189. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20180706.15
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