Need For Collaborative Learning Approach (C.L.A) in Secondary Schools for Effective Science and Mathematics Education in Oju Local Government Area of Benue State

Otor, E. E., Omenka, J.E.

Abstract


The researchers investigated the need for collaborative interaction in problem solving learning context by secondary school students for effective Science and Mathematics Education. A quasi-experimental design was adopted. The population of the study consisted of 862 S.S.1 Science and Mathematics students in 10 senior secondary schools in Oju local government area of Benue State. Out of this, 252 students were selected through simple random sampling. The instrument for data collection was Science and Mathematics Achievements Test (SMAT) consisting of 25 structured items based on the topics taught at that level. The validation of the instrument was established by three experts.  The reliability was determined using cronbach Alpha method which gave a value of 0.72. Two Research Questions and two Null Hypotheses guided the study. Mean and Standard deviation were used to answer the Research Questions. Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to test the Null Hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings among other things were that the students taught science and mathematics with Collaborative Learning Approach achieved better than those taught using the conventional or lecture method. Some recommendations were made based on the findings. One of such is that Collaborative Learning Approach should be incorporated into Science and Mathematics curriculum for pre-service teachers of Science and Mathematics in order to popularize its use among teachers.

Keywords: Collaborative Learning Approach, Mathematics Education, Secondary Schools


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