Accepted 11th May, 2014
The study investigated into interest and sustenance as correlates of students’ performance in Senior Secondary chemistry in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey design was employed with five research questions and two hypotheses. The sample of 242 chemistry students’ S.S II was used. The instrument was the Interest and Sustenance in Chemistry Questionnaires (ISCQ), divided into sections A and B. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions while the hypotheses were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient before conversion to t-test for test of significance. From the analysis, it was found that there is a significant relationship between interest in chemistry and the students’ performance in the subject. It was recommended that chemistry teachers should use all available instructional materials to arouse students’ interest and sustain it so as to enhance performance.
Keywords: Interest, Sustenance, Correlates, Students’ performance, Chemistry.