An Investigation Into The Determinants Of Performance Of Students In Mathematics In Selected Secondary Schools In Kinango District, Kenya
Mathematics plays a central role development. In particular, technological development of a country depends heavily on availability of the appropriate technology in the human resource of the country. Educational technology has therefore been identified as an essential tool in the process of preparing the student for technological and industrial advancement. That is why, in 2002 in Kenya, where mathematics is compulsory in primary and secondary schools; educational technology was introduced in the form of the scientific calculator in the teaching and learning of the subject in secondary schools. This was intended to avoid wastage of time in solving mathematical problems and improving student’s performance (Indoshi and Ochanda 2011). However the influence of the calculator on student’s performance has not been fully established especially in the marginalized areas. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the calculator on the student’s performance in Kinango District. The study sought to determine whether there is an improvement in performance of the subject of mathematics when students used calculators. The researcher also identified other factors influencing performance of students in mathematical examinations. The study employed descriptive survey research design. The research was carried out in eight secondary schools in Kinango District. The schools were in existence before and after the introduction of calculators in the curriculum. The study population was the group of students who sat for their K.C.S.E examinations just before and after the introduction of the calculator.
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