The perceived need for inservice training to improve the teaching of mathematics in primary schools in Bendel State of Nigeria Public Deposited

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  • Purpose: The study assessed the perceived need for inservice training to improve the teaching of mathematics in primary schools in Bendel State of Nigeria. Specifically, the study sought to know where and when the primary school mathematics teachers need inservice training to improve their standards of teaching elementary mathematics. The areas assessed were: the need for more knowledge, curriculum management, teaching strategies, behavior management, evaluation procedures, instructional materials, and the time preferred for inservice training. One hundred and forty-four (144) primary school teachers served as subjects in the study. There were 67 males and 77 females. Procedure: Three questionnaires (A, B and C) were designed to obtain the following information from the primary school teachers: (1) personal information, (2) professional education, (3) professional experience, (4) perceived need for inservice training to improve the teaching of mathematics in primary schools. Information obtained from 144 returned questionnaires (100%) was tabulated and the data were examined using descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation) and the Pearson Product Moment Correlation to compute the reliability of 26 duplicated items in the questionnaire. Findings: The 144 primary school teachers who took part in the study expressed their need for training ranging from extensive to very little in the areas investigated. The subjects indicated a higher need for training in the area of curriculum management than the other areas investigated. One major finding from this study was that the test is made up of reliable items. The reliability of the individual items accepted ranged from .50 (moderate) to 1.00 (very dependable relationship). The primary school teachers who took part in the study agreed that elementary math inservice education would help them to know better how to teach elementary mathematics to their primary school students. The implications for the mathematics inservice training of these elementary school teachers were discussed and future research suggestions were also recommended.
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