Students’ attitude Towards Mathematics, their Mathematics Achievement and Factors Affecting their learning Mathematics at Government Secondary Schools of Adama city

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose of this study is to find out students’ attitude towards mathematics, mathematics achievement of students and identifying factors affecting their learning mathematics in Adama city government secondary schools. There were three government secondary schools in this city. The study had done on 346 sample students and 39 sample Mathematics teachers from these schools. The mainly used instrument for data collection is questionnaire, achievement test for grade 9 and 10 differently, interview, and classroom observation. Quantitative analysis had adopted for the data collected through questionnaire and achievement tests while qualitative analysis for the data collected through interview and classroom observation. The collected data was analyzed using mean and grand mean that could have extracted through SPSS. The findings from the respondent result showed that there was significant difference on students’ attitude towards mathematics with in government schools while no significant difference observed between male and female students on attitude. On the other hand there was statistically difference on mathematics achievement among the schools, between male and female in both grade 9 and 10 there was significant difference on factors affecting students’ learning mathematics among schools but family economic status, teaching method, peer pressure, sequence of content were some common problems that observed in these schools. In order to improve students’ attitude and, factors affecting learning mathematics, reduce gender difference in mathematics achievement. The researcher had recommended that teachers should assist their students, give awareness to students’ family on the application of mathematics to real life, training teachers how to manage large class size and recruiting, and train more female mathematics teachers that service as a role model brings change on gender difference



Students’ attitude towards mathematics, their mathematics achievement and factors affecting