TEACHERS’ AND STUDENTS’ RATING OF DIFFICULTY LEVELS OF SENIOR SCHOOL GENERAL MATHEMATICS TOPICS IN EKITI-SOUTH SENATORIAL DISTRICT, NIGERIA

OGUNKEYE, BABATOPE OLADAPO1 and OJO, OLUWATOYIN FAITH, Ph.D2

1Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin
2Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
Email: babatopeogunleye@yahoo.com1 and ojooluwatoyin80@gmail.com 2

ABSTRACT
The study investigated teachers’ and students’ rating of difficulty levels of senior school general Mathematics topics in Ekiti-South senatorial district, Nigeria. The study adopted descriptive research design of the survey type. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. The target population for the study wasall Mathematics teachers and students in the senior secondary III (SS3) schools within Ekiti-South Senatorial District. A sample of 343 students and 55 SS3 Mathematics teachers were selected using Purposive sampling technique. Two research instruments used, were structured questionnaires constructed by the researchers tagged“Teachers’ Rating of Difficulty Levels of Mathematics Topics Questionnaire (TRDLMTQ)” and “Students’ Rating of Difficulty Levels of Mathematics Topics Questionnaire (SRDLMTQ)”. Cronbach’s Alpha was used to determine the reliability of the instruments and reliability index obtained for TRDLMTQ was 0.97 and 0.92 for SRDLMTQ respectively.The data collected were analyzed using frequency count and mean in answering the research questions while Chi-square (X2) test was used to test the formulated hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of the study revealed that, most of the Mathematics topics were either very difficult, difficult, less difficult or not difficult as rated by teachers. The findings also showed that there was a significant difference in the rating of difficulty levels of Mathematics topics based on teachers’ qualification and experience. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended among others that; teachers are advice to bring their wealth of experience in teaching to the level of the students’ aptitude to make classroom interactions more interesting so as to arouse the interest of the students to academic excellence. Also, qualified teachers, irrespective of their gender should be employed to teach Mathematics in secondary schools in order to reduce levels of difficulty of Mathematics topics.

Key words: Teachers, Students, Rating, Difficulty Level, Mathematics

Cite this article:
Ogunkeye B. O. & Ojo O. F. (2019). Teachers’ and Students’ Rating of Difficulty Levels of Senior School General Mathematics Topics in Ekiti-South Senatorial District, Nigeria. European International Journal of Science and Technology, 8(8), 15-25.