RELATIVE EFFECTIVENESS OF MASSED PRACTICE AND DISTRIBUTED PRACTICE APPROACHES IN ENHANCING THE MATHEMATICS’ EFFICIENCY OF STUDENTS

1R. O. AJIYO and 2PROF P. O. JEGEDE

1Department of Science & Technical Education and 2Institute of Education

1,2Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife,

Osun State, Nigeria.

 

 

Abstract

 The study determined the relative effectiveness of massed practice and distributed practice approaches in enhancing students’ mathematics efficiency. It also ascertained the performance differential based on sex of students. These were with the ultimate view toimproving the performance of students in mathematics. Four intact classes from two Junior Secondary Schools were used for the study. An instrument tagged Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT) was used for data collection. Data collected were analyzed using ANCOVA due to the difference in the performance of the students before the intervention. The result of the finding shows that there is a significant difference in the performance of students taught using the two strategies, students in the Distributed Practice group outperform their counterpart in the Massed Practice group, alsothere is no significant effect of the strategies on the perform of male and female students. 

Keywords:       Massed Practice Approach, Distributed Practice Approach, Mathematics Efficiency.