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An investigation into the causes of poor academic performance in mathematics among obafemi awolowo university undergraduate students in Osun State, Nigeria.

Zakaria, Yusuf

Abstract:
This study was aimed at investigating the causes of poor academic performance and to establish the strategies that can be adopted to improve performance in Mathematical Methods I (MTH 201) among undergraduate students in Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Descriptive research design in form of an ex post facto approach was used. Sample was randomly selected from among students in four faculties that took the course in their second year. Questionnaire titled ‘‘Students’ Questionnaire on the Causes of Poor Performance in MTH 201’’ was employed to collect the data. Descriptive statistics in form of simple percentages were used to analyze the obtained data. Factors attributed to poor performance include poor infrastructure, emotional problems, weakness in Mathematics background, phobia for Mathematics among others. Remedial counseling involving cognitive restructuring and achievement motivation were recommended. It is hoped that the findings of this study will help the students to avert future failure in the course. It will be very useful to school psychologists, university administrators, counselors and educators who are concerned about the rising rate of poor performance among Nigerian undergraduates.

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Document Title: An investigation into the causes of poor academic performance in mathematics among obafemi awolowo university undergraduate students in Osun State, Nigeria.
Institution: AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY
City and Country: ZARIA, NIGERIA


Date:2014
Document Type:Research Report (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Academic Performance, Academic Quality, Mathematics, Student Assessment, Student Counselling, Student Expectations


File Size:291 KB
Date Added:22 April 2015


Zakaria, Yusuf (2014). An investigation into the causes of poor academic performance in mathematics among obafemi awolowo university undergraduate students in Osun State, Nigeria.