Effects of Mathematics Improvement Project on Senior Secondary School Students’ Attitude and Performance in Kwara State
Poor performance of secondary school student in senior secondary certificate Examination (SSCE) in Mathematics in kwara state between 2008 and 2016 has been described as appalling. Going by these trends, it is very uncertain if the much orchestrated need for scientific development could be achieved in the state. Understanding the challenge, kwara state Government (KSG) signed memorandum of understanding (MOE) with the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) in 2016. The main content of the MOE was to assess the status of Mathematics in Secondary schools and proffer solutions to anyproblem encountered. The NMC carried out a two year intervention programme called mathematics Improvement project (MIP) with seven secondary Schools. In 2010 another twelve (12) secondary schools were included bring the number of schools to Nineteen (19) this study, therefore was conducted to find the extent to which MIP impacts on students performance in Mathematics since its inception to date. The design for the study was quasi-experimental design, and a stratified random sampling technique was used to select 700 students. The instrumental used was Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT) with signification reliability estimate of r=0.762,and d.f=49) and also with significant Law che’s (1975) coefficient of validity ratio (LCVR=0.85) comparisons between experimental and control groups were made using t-test (independent sample) statistic, The result of the study Indicated that the performance of the experimental group was significantly higher than those of the control group ( t=3.044,P=0.044,df=418) it was also discovered that male student performed significantly higher than female it=2.908, p=0.031, df=138). Furthermore was found that the students in MIP programme performed significant higher than those students in private secondary Schools in the state. It was also recommended that state in the federation with similar problems in mathematics could explore the adoption of MIP Programmes.
Mathematics Improvement Project, Students’ Performance, Students’ Attitude
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