Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 1(10), pp. 432-438 November 2010         
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Full Length Research Paper 

The use of effective communication in enhancing the teaching and learning of school Mathematics

Okigbo, Ebele Chinelo*1, Okeke Mercy Nonye2 

1Department of Science Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

2Department of Mathematics Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze Anambra State.

*Corresponding author E-mail: ebeleokigbo@yahoo.com 

Received 02 June, 2010; Accepted 08 October, 2010

Abstract

The study examined the use of effective communication in enhancing the teaching and learning of school mathematics. Forty Senior Secondary two (SS2) mathematics teachers and 800 SS2 mathematics students from Enugu State and Private Secondary Schools in Enugu, Nigeria were included in the investigation. A descriptive survey instrument was constructed for the study based on the factors of effective communication which incorporated 24 items. Analysis of the results showed that a. mathematics teachers were effective in 66.7% of the factors identified from their opinion but from the students’ response, the teachers were effective in 55.2% of the factors of effective communication. b. there is no significant relationship between the teachers’ and students’ responses on the effectiveness of teachers’ communication in the mathematics classroom. The results of this study suggest that mathematics teachers should be sensitized by education authorities and students- mathematics teachers also prepared in their methodology class using those identified factors of effective communication.

Keywords: Mathematics classroom, descriptive survey, Nigeria, secondary school students, mathematics teachers.