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Adewumi, Moradeke Grace;; Olojo, Oludare Jethro;; Olojuolawe, Rufus Sunday,; Ojo, Adewale Amos
Science is a piece of applied knowledge. It is a subject that has an impact on our daily activities. It can be seen as a tool that is important to both individuals and the nation as a whole to survive and to meet the global economic requirements. Despite the indispensable importance of science in our society, it is sad to note that the performance of students in science courses in higher institutions these days are generally poor, most especially in Colleges of Education in Nigeria. This study therefore seeks to determine the factors responsible for students’ failure in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The sequential Exploratory Mixed method was used for the study. The sample for the qualitative phase was attained by a theoretical saturation of 10 participantsThe population consists of lecturers, non-academic staff and students in Colleges of Education in Nigeria. The sample consisted of 25 lecturers, 20 non-academics and 60 students which recorded a 95% confidence level in Rasch Measurement Model. The thematic analysis and the Rasch Model analysis was used for data analysis. Findings revealed that 4 major variables as the major causes of failure by science students. A reduced workload among others was recommended for effective teaching of science subjects by lecturers. The study was recommended for other disciplines.
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