Factors Affecting Learning Mathematics in the Case Assosa University Collage of Natural Science
International Journal of Education, Culture and Society
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages: 6-12
Received: Aug. 17, 2016;
Accepted: Jan. 14, 2017;
Published: Feb. 21, 2017
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Habtamu Shenkut Belhu, Department of Mathematics, Assosa University, Assosa, Ethiopia
This paper was intended to access factors affecting teaching and learning mathematics in Assosa University faculty of Natural and Computational Science (NCS) students. The research method used for study was descriptive survey and supported by qualitatively. The respondents the study were all NCS students (except Biology and Sport science students) and all mathematics instructors. The main purpose of the study was to determine the factors that affect teaching and learning mathematics. Some instruments like questionnaire, focus group discussion (FGD) and interview were employed for data collection. The questionnaires were filled by 80 students and 16 instructors. Furthermore, the researcher held FGD with all one-to-five network group leaders of each section students and all instructors. For interview, 7 students (representatives of each section) and 5 instructors were interviewed. Thus, the findings indicate that demographic, instructional strategies and methods and individual factors affect teaching and learning mathematics. Among these factors instructional strategies and methods was the first most influential factor in teaching and learning mathematics. The second and the third most influential factors are individual and demographic factors respectively. Most respondents have a problem of language, income, arithmetic ability, background knowledge and confidence to understand mathematical concepts. The other main finding was there are no enough materials and facilities in the university for teaching and learning mathematics. But, availability of enough materials and facilities in the university were a factor for teaching and learning mathematics. Finally, based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that students need to be equipped with necessary background knowledge, arithmetic ability and they should developed confidence in mathematics. So, concerned bodies of the university should give a valve able support concerning each factor to increase students’ performance in teaching and learning mathematics.
Habtamu Shenkut Belhu,
Factors Affecting Learning Mathematics in the Case Assosa University Collage of Natural Science, International Journal of Education, Culture and Society.
Vol. 2, No. 1,
2017, pp. 6-12.
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