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World Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 2015, 1(1), 1-5
DOI: 10.12691/wjssh-1-1-1
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Investigation into the Causes of Poor Academic Performance in Mathematics among Nigerian Undergraduate Students

Yusuf Feyisara Zakariya1, and Emmanuel Folorunso Bamidele2

1Department of Science Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

2Department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Pub. Date: September 07, 2015

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Yusuf Feyisara Zakariya and Emmanuel Folorunso Bamidele. Investigation into the Causes of Poor Academic Performance in Mathematics among Nigerian Undergraduate Students. World Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 2015; 1(1):1-5. doi: 10.12691/wjssh-1-1-1


This study was aimed at investigating the causes of poor academic performance and to establish the strategies that can be adopted to improve performance in Mathematical Methods I among undergraduate students in Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Descriptive research design in form of an ex post facto approach was used. Sample was randomly selected from among students in four faculties that took the course in their second year. The data was collected using questionnaire. Descriptive statistics in form of simple percentages were used to analyze the obtained data. Factors attributed to poor performance include poor infrastructure, emotional problems, and weakness in Mathematics background among others. Remedial counseling involving cognitive restructuring and achievement motivation were recommended. It is hoped that the findings of this study will be very useful to school psychologists, university administrators, counselors and educators who are concerned about the rising rate of poor performance among Nigerian undergraduates.

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