Effects of Using Field Trip Technique to teach Drug Abuse on the Academic Achievement of Upper Basic Students in Social Studies in Pankshin, Plateau State, Nigeria
This study investigated the effects of using field trip technique to teach drug abuse on the academic achievement of Upper Basic Education students in Social Studies in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State. The quasi-experimental research design was adopted for the study. One objective, one research question and one hypothesis guided the study. The population of the study was made up of 1,202 Upper Basic two students in Pankshin local government area of Plateau State. Purposive sampling technique was used to select two schools for the study; the sample used was 90 students from two intact classes. The instrument used for the study was the Social Studies Field Trip Test (SOSFTT). The reliability of the instrument was established using test-retest and Cronbach Alpha methods of reliability which yielded reliability index of 0.81 for the SOSFTT. The statistical tools used in answering the research questions were percentage, mean and standard deviation. The findings revealed that field trip technique enhances students’ academic achievement in learning drug abuse as a topic compared to the lecture method. Based on these findings, it was recommended among others that efforts must be made by educational stakeholders to utilize the use of field trip technique in teaching drug abuse as a topic in social studies Upper Basic secondary schools, because the technique will enhance students’ high achievement in the topic.
Keywords: Academic Achievement, Drug Abuse, Field Trip Technique, Social Studies.