THE INFLUENCE OF SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND MENTOR-MENTEE RELATIONSHIP ON MATHEMATICS STUDENT-TEACHERS’ EFFICACY IN DELTA STATE

Believe Igbunu Akpobroka

Abstract


This study focused on the influence of school environmental factors and mentee-mentor relationship on mathematics student-teachers’ efficacy in Delta State of Nigeria. To guide the study four research questions were raised and two hypotheses were formulated. A descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The research instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire titled: “An analysis of school environmental factors and mentee-mentor relationship on mathematics student-teachers’ efficacy”. It is a 12 item questionnaire derived from school environmental factors and mentee-mentor relationship. The questionnaire was administered to a sample of 97 mathematics education students at 300 and 400 level, department of curriculum and instructional technology, Delta state university, Abraka. The instrument was validated by three experts from the Faculty of Education, university of Benin, Edo State.To determine the reliability of the instruments, the split half method was used to administer the instrument to twenty (20) students that were drawn from 300 and 400 level mathematics education students, university of Benin, Benin-city. Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was used to determine the internal consistency of the instrument and 0.739 r-value was obtained which show that the instrument is reliable. The data were analysed using simple percentage and t-test statistical tool. It was discovered that the school environment, weak mentor-mentee relationship existing in schools were the major factor affecting their efficacy.It was recommended that one way to avoid low efficacy of mathematics student-teachers is  for the government and school owners to provide adequate physical learning environment . School mentors-mentees relationship should be made effective through the effort of the teaching practice coordinator and the co-operating schools should be made aware of their role.

 


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Mathematics student-teachers’ efficacy, School environment, Mentor-mentee relationship

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