Parental attitude to the learning of L1 in Nigerian secondary schools
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The importance of knowledge of English Language in educating children cannot be overemphasised in Nigeria. However, there is need to pay attention to the children’s mother tongue. The study investigated parental attitude to the mother tongue in relation to their choice of L1 for their children and how this has influenced the children’s perception of their mother tongue and consequently their academic performance in English Language. A research question and an hypothesis were raised. The causal-comparative research design was used. The total sample was 286 parents. PLPQ, an adapted questionnaire was used for data collection. The results were analysed using simple percentage, frequency counts and chisquare statistics. The results showed that parental attitude to the mother tongue determines their choice of English Language as L1for their children. This choice was found to have detrimental effect on the children’s perception of their mother tongue which invariably influences their academic performance negatively in English Language. The study brings critical focus to bear on the failed language provisions of the National Policy on Education and points to possible ways forward.
Parental Attitude, L1 Learning, Secondary School, Nigeria , Parental Attitude , L1 Learning , Secondary School , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Olaolorun M.O., Ikonta, N.R. & Adeosun, A. O. (2013). Parental attitude to the learning of L1 in Nigerian secondary schools. British Journal of Arts & Social Sciences (ISSN 2046-9578); Vol. 13(1). pp.35-42. http://www.bjournal.co.uk/BJASS.aspx