The Effect of Student Attitudes and Beliefs on Mathematics Education

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IMPACT OF SMASSE INSET ON STUDENTS' ATTITUDE AND PERFORMANCE IN MATHEMATICS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KOSOFE DISTRICT

BY

BERNARD - SAMUEL - CLEMENT
MATRIC NO: PT/10/22738

A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NIGERIA CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (N.C.E)

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER/MATHEMATICS

IN
ADENIRAN OGUNSANYA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
IJANIKI, OGUDU CAMPUS

JUNE 2013

DEDICATION

To my God the beginner and the author of my life who made it possible for me to start and finished well. I say thank you for your guidance. Also to my beloved wife, Oluwabunmi, and our great kids, Aliyat, Bernard Junior (BJ), thanks for all your support, love and encouragement

ACKNOWLEGEMENT
Many people have undoubtedly contributed to the success of this work. Therefore I owe them many debts of gratitude. Firstly, I would like to express my deep sense of gratitude to my supervisor. Mr. Ogundana, for his invaluable guidance and contribution towards the success of this work. His interest in my work, commitment and constant encouragement gave me the stamina and morale to work harder.

I express my sincere gratitude to all the Principals, and Mathematics teachers of the various secondary schools I visited for their co-operation and support during the process of data collection. In the same vein, I thank the Form four students who participated in answering the questionnaires that were very useful in my study.

I owe many thanks to my beloved wife whose inspiration, moral and financial support enabled me accomplish my studies, and also our children for enduring my long absence throughout the period of my study.

While it may not be possible to mention the names of all those who contributed, in one way or another, to the success of this work, I register my sincere gratitude to all of them, and may God shower them with abundant blessings. Last but not least, I thank the Almighty God for His guidance and grace that was sufficient throughout my study programme.

ABSTRACT
Performance in mathematics has been steadily deteriorating over the last few years. This prompted the researcher to investigate the impact of SMASSE INSET on students’ attitudes and performance in mathematics. The objectives of the study were to investigate whether SMASSE INSET has changed the students’ attitudes, improved the performance and the teaching approaches and methodology in mathematics. This study was based on the theory of Reasoned action and the theory of Planned behaviour as proposed by Ajzen and Fishbein (1975 and 1980).

This was a field study that was conducted in Kosofe district. A descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The respondents of the study were selected from the Form four students of the year 2008. A sample of 371 students, 20 Mathematics teachers were selected using both stratified and simple random sampling.

Data was collected through the use of students’ questionnaire and Teacher’s Questionnaire. Analysis of data was done using both descriptive and inferential statistics. For descriptive statistics, frequency tables, means and standard deviations were used. Analysis of variance (ANOVA), t- test and Chi- Square (χ2) were employed for the inferential statistics.

The study established that the students’ attitudes towards mathematics have greatly improved as a result of SMASSE INSET. The study also found out that teacher’s teaching approaches and methodology have greatly improved as a result of SMASSE INSET. However the attitude and teaching approaches could not translate to good performance. In order to make SMASSE INSET more effective in schools and in the teaching of mathematics, it could be included in the programmes of Teacher Education at the level of teacher preparation.

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS / ACRONYMS
ASEIActivity, Students, Experiment, Improvisation
CEMASTEACentre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education INSETIn-service Education and...
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