VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING OF BASIC SCIENCE IN NIGERIAN SCHOOLS

  • Falilat Tinuola ARE Integrated Science Department, Kogi State College of Education (Technical), Kabba. P.M.B.242, Nigeria
  • Henry TOLUFASE Integrated Science Department, Kogi State College of Education (Technical), Kabba. P.M.B.242, Nigeria
  • Margaret AKOMOLAFE Integrated Science Department, Kogi State College of Education (Technical), Kabba. P.M.B.242, Nigeria
Keywords: Basic science, Technology, Curriculum, Verbal, Non-verbal, Strategies

Abstract

The Nigerian Basic Science and Technology curriculum is a spiral curriculum which involves the introduction of the topics right from the lower to the higher classes. It shows a vertical relationship among the topics taught, beginning from the simple to the complex. The use of different teaching methods and strategies to ensure students understanding of the topics is imperative. New techniques such as Concept Mapping, Cooperative Learning, Guided Discovery are being explored in the teaching of Basic Science. This paper attempts to highlight how Verbal and Non-verbal strategies could be effectively use to teach and effect behavioral changes in learners of Basic Science. Verbal strategies such as questioning, explaining, commands, criticism as well as that of Non – verbal strategies like manipulation of apparatus/teaching aids, supervision, eye/facial expression, were identified, discussions and appropriate recommendations of when and how to use each component were made.

Published
2021-06-19