Effects of Class Size and Peer Influence on Senior Secondary Students’ Achievement

Oladotun Opeoluwa Olagbaju, Stanley Uzoamaka Nnorom
14 11

Abstract


The quest to attain the goal of Education for All (EFA) in Nigeria has led to significant increase in school enrollment figures. The implication of this is large class sizes and high student-teacher ratio in most government-owned schools in Nigeria. However, research attention in education, especially in most developing countries, has largely focused on improving students’ achievement and the quality of classroom instruction in schools. Efforts aimed at improving students’ achievement are mostly on the provision of textbooks, massive construction of classrooms, and teacher training without taking cognizance of the large class sizes and peer influence in such classes. Although these interventions have contributed to the quality of classroom instruction, factors such as class size and peer influence continue to affect teachers; output, and students’ achievement in public examinations in Owerri Zone I of Imo State. Therefore, this study adopted inferential survey designs to examine the effects of class size and peer influence on students’ achievement. Two research questions and one hypothesis were tested in the study. Eighty-five (85) participants from three senior secondary schools were exposed to two research instruments. Results showed main effect of class size on students’ achievement, and interaction effects of class size and peer influence on students’ achievement. Also, there was no significant difference between the mean ratings of class size and peer influence on students’ achievement. Recommendations were made on how to improve the quality of instruction and incorporate controlled-peer-interaction in large class sizes.

 


Full Text:

PDF

References


Olagbaju, O. O., & Nnorom, S. T. (2019). Effects of class size and peer influence on senior secondary students’ achievement. Journal of Research in Education, Science and Technology, 4(2), 61-69.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2020 Journal of Research in Education, Science, and Technology

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

© Copyright - Journal of Research in Education, Science, and Technology (JREST)