Toyin Owoyemi (Adeyemi College of Education, Nigeria)
The influence of practical work in the understanding of scientific concepts has been receiving the attention of many scholars all over the world. In particular, the need to address the little or no consideration of practical work in science teaching/learning process in distance education seems to have received greater attention. This paper focuses on students’ perception of practical work in learning chemistry through distance education. Data were collected from 100 chemistry students of National Open University of Nigeria using questionnaire surveys. The findings revealed that students placed a high value on practical work in the learning of chemistry courses in distance education. Further investigation on this issue may help instructional designers and chemistry curriculum developers to design and incorporate practical activities into chemistry courses in distance education.