Pre-service teachers’ perceptions towards role of E-learning in science education in teacher training institutions
The study investigated the perception of pre-service teachers towards the role of E-learning in science education in teacher training institutions. The study was carried out in Alvan Ikoku Federal college of Education Owerri, Imo state Nigeria. The sample consists of 350 final year science pre-service teachers drawn through stratified random sampling technique. The descriptive survey research design was adopted in carrying out the study. The instrument used to gather data required for the study was researchers made Likert four-point type of questionnaire titled “Role of E-learning in Science Education (RESE)”. The instrument had reliability coefficient of 0.82 determined using the Cronbach’s alpha formula. The data generated were analyzed using mean and standard deviation to answer research questions while the hypothesis was tested using t-test statistical tool at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the study revealed that pre-service teachers had positive perceptions towards the role of e-learning in science education as it helped in extended learning, individual learning, access to learning materials, understanding of course content and others. Based on the result of the study it was recommended that, the application of e-learning should be incorporated in the training of science pre-service science teachers to enable them understand their course materials.
Key words: Pre-service teachers, Role, E-learning, Science education