Mathematics Performance of Secondary School Student

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Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2007, 3(4), 363-370

Correlates of Academic Procrastination and Mathematics Achievement of University Undergraduate Students Mojeed Kolawole Akinsola
University of Botswana, Gaborone, BOTSWANA

Adedeji Tella
Osun State College of Education; Ila-Orangun, NIGERIA

Adeyinka Tella
University of Botswana, Gaborone, BOTSWANA
Received 3 November 2006; accepted 19 April 2007

Procrastination is now a common phenomenon among students particularly those at the higher level. And this is doing more harm to their academic achievement than good. Therefore, this study examined the correlates between academic procrastination and mathematics achievement among the university mathematics undergraduate students. The study used a total sample of 150 part 3 and 4 students in the department of mathematics and mathematics education students in the university of Ibadan and university of Lagos, Nigeria. The 35 items academic procrastination scale developed and validated by Tuckman (1991) was used for the collection of data, in conjunction with the subjects GPA scores till date in mathematics. Findings indicates that: a significant correlation was found in the academic procrastination and academic achievement of the subjects in mathematics, significant difference also exists in the levels of procrastination and mathematics achievement of the subjects, with low procrastinators performing better than the moderate and the high procrastinators. Results further reveals the subjects procrastinate the same way irrespective of their gender. Implications of procrastination on academic achievement of students at all levels generally and some effective ways of remediation of procrastination were suggested. Keywords: Academic Procrastination, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement, Gender, Undergraduates.

INTRODUCTION The issue of procrastination is no more something to toy with in academics but something to deal with. This is because procrastinatory behaviour is now a common

Correspondence to: Mojeed Kolawole Akinsola , Dr. in Education, University of Botswana, Faculty of Education, Department of Primary Education, P/Bag 00702 Gaborone, Botswana E-mail: Copyright © 2007 by Moment E-ISSN: 1305-8223

phenomenon among students particularly at the college and university levels. This is recognised to be doing more harms than good to the academic achievement of the Undergraduate Students most especially the mathematics major. It is worthy to note that the lives of university students are characterized by frequent deadlines given by university teachers and administrators to carry out various responsibilities such as registration for courses, completion of course forms and submission of class assignments or term papers (Popoola, 2005). A

M. K. Akinsola et al. common form of academic procrastination among students is waiting until the last minute to turn in papers or to study for an examination (Migram, Batin & Mower, 1993). According to (Oweini and Haraty, 1993) college students are notorious for procrastination. They refer to procrastination as the acts of needlessly delaying a task until the point of some discomfort. Procrastination is a behavioural problem that many adults experience on a daily regular basis (Jansen and Carton, 1999) particularly on task which should be completed by a specific deadline (Oweini and Haraty, 2001). Mathematics is an important school subject because it is associated with more academic and or career opportunities (Akinsola and Tella, 2003). Burton cited in Agwagah and Usman (2003) relates the importance of mathematics to the scientific, industrial, technology and social progress of a society. It is a science that studies numbers, shapes, objects and their properties which are needed as basic requirement for all sciences. That mathematics is an important subject is undebatable. But it is very sad to note that the...
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