Adebule and Aborisade
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (6), pp. 229-232, August 2013
ISSN: 2276-7789 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 051113604
Influence of Study Interest and School Location on the Attitude of Secondary School Students towards Mathematics in Ekiti State, Nigeria
*Adebule Samuel Olufemi, Aborisade Olatunbosun James
Faculty of Education, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: doctorolufemiadebule @ yahoo. com
The study made an investigation
as to whether the study interest and school location of
students have significant influence on the attitudes of
secondary school students towards Mathematics. The
population of the study consisted of all secondary school
students in Ekiti State, Nigeria. 600 students comprising of
300 male and 300 female secondary school students were
randomly selected for the study from 12 secondary schools in
ten out of the 16 local government areas in Ekiti State,
Nigeria. A 28-item attitude scale in Mathematics constructed
and validated by the researcher was the instrument used. The
items in the scale have discriminating power of 0.72 and
above and item total correlation coefficients of 0.23 and
above. The scale used has a construct validity coefficient
of 0.29 using discriminant analysis and reliability
coefficient of 0.81 using Cronbach reliability method. Two
hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance.
Hypothesis one was tested using Students’ t-test while
hypothesis two was tested using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
and Scheffe’s post-hoc test for pairwise comparison. The
results of the analysis showed that there was no significant
difference in the attitude of students from rural and urban
setting towards Mathematics and that location did not
influence the attitude of secondary school students towards
Mathematics. The results also showed that study interest has
significant difference on the attitude of students towards
Mathematics and that study interest has influence on the
attitude of secondary school students towards Mathematics.
Therefore, it is recommended that efforts should be made by
the teachers, parents and government to inculcate positive
attitude of students towards Mathematics irrespective of
their study interest.
Keywords: Study interest, Location, Attitude, Validity coefficient, Reliability, Affective variables.