Melanie Santos-Manuel


The study stressed on identifying the perceived difficult topics in General and Forensic Chemistry by BS Criminology Students at Kalinga State University, Tabuk City, Kalinga. It included 60 second year BS Criminology students of Criminal Justice Education at Kalinga State University. Comparative statistics was used to obtain numerical measures of the students’ perceptions of difficult topics in General and Forensic Chemistry. Some research questions were generated to guide the study. The instrument used for the data collection was a questionnaire designed by  the researcher to draw information from the students. Data collected were analyzed using mean scores. T-test and ANOVA were used to identify the significant differences on the perceived difficult topics and level of interest in General Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry when grouped according to their profile variables. Findings revealed that students perceived General Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry topics presented in the questionnaire difficult. Furthermore, there is no significant difference on the level of interest and in perceived difficult topics in General Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry and further revealed that the response were irrespective to their age and sex. Results of the study revealed that the highest point of difficulty is on Writing of Chemical Equation while the least difficult were Matter, Conductivity of solutions, Acids, Bases and Salts and Descriptive Chemistry of non-metals for General Chemistry.

 Keywords: Forensic Chemistry, BS Criminology, chemical equation  comparative statistics, Kalinga State University

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