Effect of Vocabulary Building Instruction on Technical School Students’ Achievement in Algebraic Word Problems in Benue State, Nigeria
Science Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Volume 3, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages: 298-305
Received: Dec. 13, 2015; Accepted: Dec. 20, 2015; Published: Dec. 30, 2015
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Clement Onwu Iji, Department of Science Education, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria
Godwin Aôndohemba Fiase, Department of Fitting and Machining Technology, Benue State University Science and Technical College, Makurdi, Nigeria
Odihi Adikwu, Department of Educational Foundation and General Studies, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria
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Mathematics is used in everyday life, be it social, economic, arts, science or technology. However, empirical evidence shows that students achieve poorly in the subject at School Certificate level especially in the algebraic expression. Research findings have indicated that this low achievement may be attributed to inappropriate pedagogies used by teachers and this necessitated this study. The study made use of a quasi-experimental design of the non-equivalent control group. The sample of 604 part II students was drawn from technical schools in educational zones A and B using multistage sampling technique. Three research questions were raised and three hypotheses were formulated and tested at 0.05 level of significance. The instrument- AWPAT whose reliability was established using Cronbach Alpha to be 0.722 was used for data collection. Data collected was analyzed using mean and standard deviations to answer research questions and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) to test the hypotheses. The result showed that the Vocabulary Building Instruction method used has enhanced students’ achievement significantly. The gap between male and female students on achievement was also minimized. Based on the findings of the study, technical school teachers were recommended to adopt method not only for algebra but other difficult topics in mathematics.
Vocabulary Building Instruction (VBI), Technical School Students, Algebraic Word Problem, Benue State, Mathematics
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Clement Onwu Iji, Godwin Aôndohemba Fiase, Odihi Adikwu, Effect of Vocabulary Building Instruction on Technical School Students’ Achievement in Algebraic Word Problems in Benue State, Nigeria, Science Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2015, pp. 298-305. doi: 10.11648/j.sjams.20150306.20
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