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Relationship Between Homework Practices and Performance in Mathematics Among Public Day Secondary School Students in Hamisi Sub-County, Kenya

Show simple item record OBUYA , Samuel Otieno Peter 2020-02-18T09:52:12Z 2020-02-18T09:52:12Z 2019
dc.description.abstract Homework is a task that teachers assign to students to be completed outside the class time. It is an important tool for enhancing instruction as it is designed to reinforce what students have already learned and to prepare them for upcoming lessons and tasks. Various endevour have been employed to improve performance in mathematics including homework which teachers give to students at various amounts and frequencies. However, research done so far does not give guidance on the amount and frequency at which teachers should administer homework so that it is beneficial to students in terms of improved performance in mathematics. The same does not state whether students’ attitude towards homework influence their performance. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between homework practices and students’ performance in mathematics in Hamisi Sub-county. Objectives of the study were to establish how students’ attitude towards homework, homework frequency and amount of homework are related to performance in Mathematics. The study findings may be used to regulate the amount of homework tasks given to students and frequency at which homework should be administered such that it is beneficial to learners. The study encompassed both descriptive survey and correlation designs. In the conceptual framework, the dependent variable was performance in Mathematics while the independent variables were students’ attitude towards homework, frequency of homework and amount of homework administered. The study population consisted of 1,600 Form 2 students and 30 teachers of Mathematics. Simple random sampling technique was employed to identify 310 Form 2 students constituting 19% of the population while purposive sampling was used to select 27 teachers from 27 schools. Achievement test was administered to students while questionnaires were administered to students and teachers to collect data. Face validity of the instruments was ascertained by experts from the Department of Educational Communication, Technology and Curriculum Studies, Maseno University while reliability of the instruments was determined through a pilot study involving 3 schools which were not used in the final study, giving a reliability coefficient of 0.834. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to summarize the relationships in the data. The study established that students with positive attitude towards homework performed better in mathematics than those with negative attitude. Students assigned homework weekly performed better than those assigned homework daily, fortnightly and monthly. Students assigned 21-30 sums staggered through different days performed better than those assigned more or less sums for the entire topic but as a single assignment done within a period of one day. The Ministry of Education should use the findings of this study to develop a policy on homework as a tool for enhancing performance in mathematics and other subjects instead of leaving the management of homework exclusively at the discretion of teachers. en_US
dc.publisher Maseno University en_US
dc.title Relationship Between Homework Practices and Performance in Mathematics Among Public Day Secondary School Students in Hamisi Sub-County, Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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