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African Journal of Chemical Education

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Common difficulties experienced by grade 12 students in learning chemistry in Ebinat Preparatory School

Kindu Tilahun, Mekonnen Tirfu

Abstract


The objective of this study was to examine the nature and causes of common difficulties experienced by grade twelve students in learning chemistry in Ebinat preparatory school. A qualitative method was employed to investigate the questions, which used interviews and questionnaires with students and teachers. The key findings of the study indicated that students are being more challenged by topics like chemical bonding, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, and colligative properties. The main factors that are contributed for the learning difficulties in chemistry faced by our students include: absence laboratory works, absence of teaching and learning resources, poor teaching and learning strategies, poor English and Mathematical skills and there is a need to improve these cause by using equip laboratory, improvement in assessment, use of proper English language by teachers etc.




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