EXPLORING EXPERIMENTAL MATHEMATICS: THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE IN SOME SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ONDO WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ONDO STATE

OMOLA OLUWASANMI SAMUEL & ADENEGAN KEHINDE EMMANUEL

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS, ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ONDO, ONDO STATE

Email:adeneganke@aceondo.edu.ng

Abstract: The study explored the state of experimental Mathematics in the Nigerian schools, using some selected senior secondary schools in Ondo, Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo state. Two hypotheses were tested for, to show the relevance of the method of teaching and some research questions were raised to critically find out the state of the use of the method. Research instruments such as questionnaire and observation was employed to gather adequate data while t-test statistics was used to analyze the data. It was found that, there is significant difference in the achievement of students taught using laboratory method of teaching compared to other methods of teaching and that there is no significant difference in the performance of male and female students when using experimental method of teaching. But the method is shied away from by most schools. Recommendations were provided to improve the state of use of the method in Nigerian classrooms.