Sunzuma et al
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(8), pp. 402-410, October 2013
Manuscript Number: 051513614
Secondary School Students’ Attitudes towards their Learning of Geometry: A Survey of Bindura Urban Secondary Schools
*Sunzuma G., Masocha M. and Zezekwa N.
Bindura University of Science Education, Education Department, P Bag 1020 Bindura
*Corresponding Author’s Email: gsunzuma @ gmail. com, Tel: +263773401557
This study explores secondary
school student’s attitudes towards their learning of
geometry. The study adopted a quantitative descriptive
survey design using simple frequency and percentages in
analyzing the data as part of descriptive statistics. A
sample of 100 ‘O’ level pupils were drawn, using stratified
random sampling, from three urban high schools. The research
was done quantitatively using a questionnaire that comprised
of 15 closed questions which were adapted and then modified
from Fennema-Shermann Mathematics Scale (1977). The study
revealed that the students’ attitudes towards the usefulness
of geometry were positive and that many of them believed
that geometry is a valuable and necessary topic which can
help them in their future careers. The result also showed
that the majority of the students in Bindura urban, (80%)
did not like solving geometrical problems. It also emerged
that geometry is not a difficult topic to both male and
female students and that though most students did not like
solving geometry; they considered geometry to be useful.
Keywords: Mathematics, geometry, attitudes, learning.
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