EFFECT OF COOPERATIVE LEARNING METHOD ON SEXUAL HEALTH KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES OF ADOLESCENTS IN ANAMBRA STATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS

EFFECT OF COOPERATIVE LEARNING METHOD ON SEXUAL HEALTH KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES OF ADOLESCENTS IN ANAMBRA STATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS

  • Sabina N. Igwilo Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Jerome O. Okafor Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Chrysantus Onwurah Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.
  • Nnoye A. Ujuagu Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.
  • Vivian U. Okpala Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.
  • Chinelo R. Arinze Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.
  • Uchenna L. Ifediora Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.
Keywords: Cooperative learning method, Sexual health knowledge and attitudes and Adolescents.

Abstract

This study is on effects of cooperative learning method on sexual health knowledge and attitudes of adolescents in Anambra State secondary schools. The inability of adolescents to acquire adequate knowledge regarding sexual health could be due to the method of teaching used which are mainly teacher-centred methods such as lecture, discussion, Socratic, demonstration teaching methods among others. Therefore, students’ centered method is recommended in today’s teaching and learning and cooperative learning method is one of them. The main purpose of the study was to determine the mean scores of adolescents in Anambra State secondary schools exposed to cooperative learning method on sexual health knowledge and attitudes and by comparing the scores with that of control group. The study was guided by two research questions and two hypotheses. Quasi experimental research design was used and the population consisted of 20,342 senior secondary two (SS2) students in Anambra State. One hundred and fourty SS2 students comprised sample for the study using simple random sampling technique without replacement. Four secondary schools in Anambra state were sampled. Then one intact class was sampled from each of the sampled schools using simple random sampling technique without replacement. Two schools were exposed with cooperative learning method and the other two schools were used as control group for six weeks. The instruments for data collection were Sexual Health knowledge Test (SHKT) and Sexual Health Attitudes Questionnaire (SHAQ). Analyses of data were carried out using Mean, Standard Deviation and Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA). The findings of the study revealed that cooperative learning method improved sexual health knowledge and attitudes of the subjects as depicted by the positive gained mean scores recorded more than the control group. The effect of cooperative learning method on the mean sexual health knowledge and attitudes scores of adolescents in Anambra state secondary schools differ significantly using their post-test mean scores P< 0.05. It was recommended among other things that there is need to include cooperative learning method in handling sexual health education in the school curriculum at all levels of education in Nigeria.

 

Author Biographies

Sabina N. Igwilo, Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria

Lecturer

Jerome O. Okafor, Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria

Lecturer

Chrysantus Onwurah, Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.

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Nnoye A. Ujuagu, Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.

Lecturer

Vivian U. Okpala, Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.

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Chinelo R. Arinze, Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.

Lecturer

Uchenna L. Ifediora, Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,Anambra State, Nigeria.

Lecturer

Published
2020-07-03