RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENTS' UNDERSTANDING OF MATHEMATICAL LANGUAGE AND ACHIEVEMENT IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL IN IKERE-EKITI, NIGERIA
Ajogbeje, O. J.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
The study investigated the relationship between students' understanding of mathematical language and their achievement in mathematics. 450 senior secondary two (SS II) students (200 males and 250 females) were randomly selected from five secondary schools in Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State for the study. Data collection was done using Mathematical Language Reading Ability and Understanding Test (MLRAUT) and Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT). Product Moment Correlation coefficient and the corresponding t-test of significance were used in analyzing the data. Results obtained show that there is significant relationship between students' understanding of mathematical language and their academic achievement in mathematics. Consequently, it was recommended among others that government should employ more qualified mathematics teachers and send them on inservice training and development programmes. This will enable them to update their knowledge on how best they can use mathematical language to enhance the teaching and learning of junior secondary school mathematics in Ekiti State.