Teaching methods and academic performance of pupils in mathematics in Kenya certificate of secondary education in Ruiru division central province, Kenya

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Kampala International University, School of Education, Open and Distance and E-learning
The research is based on the teaching methods and performance & pupils in Mathematics in Kenya certificate of secondary education (K.C.S.E). A case study in Ruiru Division, central province, Kenya. The research objective was to determine the relationship between teaching of pupils and their performance in Mathematics as a subject. The researcher investigated the problem on the ground and the reasons why students hate and fail Mathematics especially girls. He also dealt with the relationship between the teacher experience and performance in Mathematics. Investigation was also based on the effects & integrated & Mathematics and other related subjects. Avenues are also explored to solve the problems in teaching and performance In Mathematics with an aim & improving it. The Researcher used a survey design. Questionnaires were used as research tool. The findings & the study indicated that some students have very poor foundation of Mathematics right from primary schools where believes of hardness of mathematics are obtained. Lack of efforts to improve on Mathematics subject and lack of Mathematical practice have affected the teaching and performance of Mathematics negatively. The researcher recommended or’ pupils being taught on how to do revision and use of group works right from primary level to build a strong Mathematics background. Use of calculators should be introduced in schools to ease the work of calculations. Teachers of Mathematics should use all teaching methods recommended and attend in service courses regularly. The head teachers should make facilities like fully equipped libraries available in their school, and relevant books of Mathematics should be made available in the schools. Students also should contribute to the smooth learning of the mathematics, through attending all Mathematics lesson and be willing to learn.
A research dissertation submitted to the institute of continuing and distance studies, Kampala international university, in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of bachelor of education in arts
Teaching methods, Academic performance, Pupils, Mathematics, Kenya certificate, Secondary education, Ruiru division, Kenya