Virtual Chemistry Laboratory: A Panacea to Problems of Conducting Chemistry Practical at Science Secondary Schools in Nigeria
Faruku Aliyu1, Corrienna Abdul Talib2
1Faruku Aliyu, Lecturer, Department of Science Education, Sokoto State University, Sokoto Nigeria.
2Corrienna Abdul Talib, Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Science, Mathematics and Creative Multimedia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia UTM.
Manuscript received on 01 September 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 10 September 2019 | Manuscript Published on 23 September 2019 | PP: 544-222 | Volume-8 Issue-5C, May 2019 | Retrieval Number: E10790585C19/19©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.E1079.0585C19
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Abstract: Laboratory activity as an integral part of learning chemistry provides students with a learning experience built up through student’s interaction with concrete material is deficient in science secondary school students in Nigeria. This unpleasant situation resulted from the fact that, in many schools, laboratory personnel and facilities are either partially available or not completely available. This paper discussed some of the benefits of a virtual chemistry laboratory and how its three-dimensional interactive nature would be used to overcome these problems in order to enhance students’ understanding and achievement in chemistry through the integration of the virtual chemistry laboratories in conducting chemistry practical. The paper further suggested for the integration of virtual chemistry laboratories or even support the real laboratories with virtual ones, particularly in schools that lack equipped chemistry laboratories in Nigeria.
Keywords: Virtual Chemistry Laboratory, Problems, Panacea, Chemistry Practical, Science Secondary School.
Scope of the Article: Bio-Science and Bio-Technology