Impact of Class Size on Student’s Academic Performance in Course 101 (Introduction to Computer Science) in Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri Imo State

February 2020 | AJERR


Corresponding Author E-mail: madumeresmart@yahoo.com
Published: 17 February 2020

Abstract


This research work investigated the impact of class size on student’s academic performance in course 101(introduction to computer science) in Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, Imo State. The analysis was concentrated on the effect of Class size on student’s performance; instructional strategies on student’s academic performance, and Psychological effect of class size on student’s performance.  100 level Students of English and Economics department were used for the study.

The researcher used Post NCE English and Economics as a sample. Hence one hundred and forty (140) questionnaires were distributed correctly filled and collected, ten (10) questionnaires were not collected or wrongly filled, thereby rendered invalid by the respondent. The analysis was done suing descriptive statistics, percentages. It was found that large class sizes had a negative effect on a student’s academic performance in COS 101 (introduction to computer science).

It was also observed that class size has a psychological and social effect on a student’s academic performance. Where the class size cannot be reduced in a given time due to challenges beyond the control of the school authorities, it is recommended that teachers and management of the school should employ rotational students’ group formation and study. These groups could identify common challenges and present them to teachers for support. As a long term measure, the Government should increase budget allocation to improve schools' infrastructural facilities.

Keywords:

Class size, Academic performance, and Computer Science

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