THE DISPARITY IN THE PERFORMANCE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS (A CASE STUDY OF ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ONDO)

LAWAL, M.O. AND AREMU, AKOLAWOLE A

Department ofMathematics, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.

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ABSTRACT

This research investigates into the disparity in the performance of undergraduate students in Pure and Applied Mathematics. The results of the students for two consecutive academic sessions were collected for the purpose of analysis; also a questionnaire containing twenty items based on the factors that have significant effect on the performance of undergraduate mathematics students was administered to collect information. Population t-test was used to analyze the data for the five postulated hypotheses. It was observed that the nature of both aspect of Mathematics, students’ attitude or interest, influence of availability of textbooks, teachers’ teaching methods are the possible disparities in the performance of students in Pure and Applied Mathematics.  This study concludes by suggesting a number of measures in improving the performance of students in Pure and Applied Mathematics.

 

Keywords:  Disparity, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, T-test.