Class Size And Teachers’ Interest In Teaching

Class Size And Teachers’ Interest In Teaching

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Abstract

The study was conducted to investigate “class size and teachers interest in teaching social studies in primary schools, in Essien Udim Local Government Area”. The population of the study comprised of hundred (100) Social Studies teachers randomly selected from five (5) public primary schools, out of ten (10) primary schools in the study area. Three research questions were formulated to guide the study. A survey design was employed in the study. Class size and teachers interest in teaching social studies questionnaire was the major instrument used for data collection in the study. The data generated was analysed using simple percentage statistics. Result obtain shows that: class have a significant influence on teachers in teaching social studies in primary schools; based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations were made; government should make available enough facilities, in order to have a spacious and minimal class size, professional teachers should be employed into the system.

Class Size And Teachers’ Interest In Teaching

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

 1.1       Background to the Study

Knowledge, skills and values which is seen by the society as a necessary instrument for nation building, is impacted upon the pupils by the teachers in the process of education. In educational community, there are a lot of factors that make the environment fit for effective teaching-learning activities in other to achieve the expected goals. These factors may include school environment, class size, and method of teaching, teacher’s effectiveness and others.

Researchers have confirmed that class size reduction does provide the environment in which teachers can teach effectively. The research on student outcome and teachers behaviour conducted by Nina (2007) shows that, in smaller class size teacher interact with individual students more frequency and use a greater variety of instructional strategies. They can create more opportunities for higher-order co-construction of meaning by students. They also may spent out of classroom work time on more creative planning and less on routine making and they may interact more frequently with other teachers and adult in support of classroom teaching.

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Class Size And Teachers’ Interest In Teaching

Nina (2008) noted that students’ behaviour tends to support teacher’s belief that they can more competently and effectively in smaller classes. In smaller classes students learn more academically and socially, they are more engaged and less disruptive.

Classroom can be set up in a way that hindered creativity or promote a positive learning environment. The way in which a teacher organize their class or how they control it, will yield positive or negative consequences for their students.

If a teacher is negative because of his impression on the classroom size, there will be a direct negative impact on the pupil within the classroom. Similarly, if a teacher is positive because of his impression on the classroom size, there will be a direct positive impact on the pupil within the classroom.

Class Size And Teachers’ Interest In Teaching

Classroom congestion is a problem that affects the academic performance of students and effectiveness of the teachers. It is in this vein that Edge (2005) in his study identified the following problems as it is associated with classroom congestion.

(1)        The provision of an opportunity for discussion or for any kind of oral inputs to the written work is difficult.

(2)        The amount of classroom involvement can dissuade even the not enthusiastic teachers, if classes are very large.

Class size is very important factor that must be looked into by government, school administrators and other educational authorities, this is because the factor (class-size) affects both the inputs system (teachers) and also the output system (academic performance of pupils) hence this study aimed at investigating class size and teachers’ interest in teaching social studies in Essien Udim L.G.A.

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Class Size And Teachers’ Interest In Teaching

1.2       Statement of the Problem

The National Policy on Education N.P.E. (2004), has stipulated a minimum number of 30 pupils in a class. But in most schools in the state especially in Essien Udim Local Government Area, the number of the pupils has exceeded the average class size to 50. This is because of the free and compulsory education. Government effort in tackling this problem is minimal; this creates a negative impact both to the pupils and the teacher.

The overabundance of pupil in the classroom of some public primary school, in Essien Udim, has post a concern in the mind that the pupils attention toward learning and the teachers behaviour in teaching social studies.

This study is therefore designed to check the effect of class size and teachers interest in teaching social studies, in primary schools.

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