Interest and Learning Approaches as Discriminating Factors in the Performance of Senior Secondary School Students in Economics

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Oyebode Stephen Oyetoro
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7515-6806
Odeyemi Taiwo Grace
Bimbola Abosede Adesina, Dr.

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The study utilized the ex-post facto research design to investigate how interest and learning approaches utilized in Economics discriminates the academic performance of students in the subject area. The population comprised senior secondary school two students in Ife Central Local Government of Osun State while the sample comprised 94 students in five secondary schools in the area. Three research instruments viz: Individual Interest Questionnaire (IIQ), Revised Two Factor Study Process Questionnaire (R-SPQ-2F) and Economics Achievement Test (EAT) were used to collect appropriate data. The Discriminant Function Analysis was utilized to analyse data collected. Findings revealed a function with coefficients in order of magnitude as revealed by structure matrix as follows: Interest in Economics (1.06), Surface Approach (0.41) and Deep Approach (-1.14). None of coefficients was significant at 0.05 significance level. The function was maximized for: 47.1% of students who scored above 50% and 57.1% of those who scored below 50%. The conclusion that was reached was that adequate cognizance should be given to the improvement of the process of teaching the subject including assessment practices.  


 


Key words: Discriminant Function Analysis; Interest; Learning Approaches; Performance; Senior Secondary School.


 

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Oyetoro, O., Grace, O., & Adesina, B. (2019). Interest and Learning Approaches as Discriminating Factors in the Performance of Senior Secondary School Students in Economics. Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, 9(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v9i1.3873
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Oyebode Stephen Oyetoro, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Oyetoro Oyebode Stephen (B.Sc. Ed. (Accounting); M.A. Ed. (Curriculum Studies); PhD (in view)) teaches in the Department of Arts and Social Science Education of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is an action research enthusiast and an educator who engages in drawing out the pragmatic implications of education theories, models and philosophies for context-situated praxis. M. Oyetoro has five publications in national journals and one publication in an international peer-reviewed journal. He could be reached via the email address: oyebode_oyetoro@hotmail.com.

Odeyemi Taiwo Grace, Department of Arts and Social Science Education, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Odeyemi Taiwo Grace possesses a first degree in Education/Economics in the Second Class Upper Division from the Department of Arts and Social Science Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She is a registered teacher with the Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria and presently serves as a freelance research assistant on educational researches, programmes and projects.

Bimbola Abosede Adesina, Dr., Department of Arts and Social Science Education, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Dr. Adesina Bosede Abimbola is a Lecturer in the Department of Arts and Social Science Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She teaches social science methods, curriculum development and educational research courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She presently has published twelve articles in both national and international outlets. She could be contacted through: bimtoptol@yahoo.com.