AN APPRAISAL OF THE PEDAGOGICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL ASPECT OF TEACHING ALGEBRA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD NUMERACY IN ONDO WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ONDO STATE

Adenegan, K. E. and Abiona, S. O.

Department of Mathematics, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo

 

ABSTRACT

Algebra is the cornerstone of functional mathematics and is inadvertently used regularly to solve real life problems. It harks back to the ancient Greeks and Babylonians who used it to solve real life problems. This paper appraises the pedagogical and methodological aspect of teaching of algebra in early child numeracy in Ondo West Local Government area of Ondo State, Nigeria. Ten schools were randomly selected which involved teachers’ population of adequate size while data were collected through questionnaire. The data collected were analyzed and interpreted using chi-square (X²) statistical method. The result of the findings of the research shows that some schools are oblivion of the importance of early introduction of algebra in primary school curriculum. Evidently, early algebra establishes the necessary groundwork for ongoing and future mathematics learning. It is thus imperative for all primary schools that algebra and algebra related activities should be a vital part of primary school mathematics to offer students opportunities for developing more sophisticated thinking skills. Although, in the survey, some believed that age and mental ability of the learner would affect children's understanding of algebra in early grades.  However, it was revealed in the study that effective pedagogy is substantial to understanding of algebra in early grades.