PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT PRACTICE AMONG SCIENCE TEACHERS IN OSUN STATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Adediwura, A. A (Ph.D); Ogunsakin, I. B. & Shogbesan Y. O.
The study was carried out to evaluate portfolio assessment practice among science teachers in secondary schools in Ife Central local Government area (LGA) of Osun state with focus on their level of awareness and perception. The study adopted descriptive survey research design with a population that comprised all the science teachers in secondary schools in Ife central LGA of Osun State. The study sample comprised of hundred science teachers purposively selected from 20 secondary schools. An instrument titled Questionnaire on Awareness and Perception of Portfolio Assessment (QAPPA) with internal consistency reliability coefficient of 0.96 was used for data collection. The findings indicated that awareness of portfolio assessment was low (54, 58.7%) and that most of the science teachers have a positive perception on the use of portfolio assessment in evaluating secondary schools students (59, 64.1%). Finally, the result showed that there is no significant difference in the perception of science teachers as regards the use of portfolio assessment in evaluating students in public and private secondary schools in Ife central local government (t90 = 0.074, p > 0.941; across the science subject taught F(5,86)= .843, P-value = 0.523,). Also, there is no significant difference in the extent to which male and female teachers use portfolio assessment in evaluating students in senior secondary schools. (t90 = 0.074, p > 0.941).It was recommended among others that there is need to increase awareness about portfolio assessment and subsequent uses as an alternative means of assessments approaches especially among science teachers in secondary schools through short-term course, workshops, symposia and seminars.