STRATEGIES FOR HELPING CHILDREN UNDERSTAND MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS
Keywords:Strategies, mathematics, mathematical concepts, primary education
This study investigated the strategies for promoting primary school pupilsâ€™ understanding of mathematical concepts in Onitsha south local government Area, Anambra state. A descriptive survey design was adopted. Two research questions guided the study. The population consists of 1,105 primary school teachers with a sample of 100 teachers drawn using simple random sampling technique. A 20 item Questionnaire titled â€œStrategies for Promoting Primary School Pupilsâ€™ Understanding of Mathematical Concepts Questionnaire (SPPSPUMCQ) was used to collect the data. The instrument was validated by 3 research experts. The data collected were analyzed using mean. A gross reliability coefficient of 0.75 was obtained using Cronbach-Alpha method. Result showed that lack of adequate textbooks, instructional materials and parental support are the factors that hinder pupilsâ€™ understanding of mathematical concepts. The study therefore recommended among others that Mathematics should be taught by specialized teachers, Parents should endeavour to give full support to pupilsâ€™ mathematics learning, adequate textbooks and instructional materials should be provided for the pupilsâ€™ teaching and learning of mathematics.