Mathematics and Chemistry an Inseparable Companion in Science and Technology Education

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Olafare, F. O.
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Ibadan Journal of Education Studies
Knowledge has become a way of developing life as the world is now a global village. Components of many of the basic subjects such as chemistry involve mathematics while there is a general perception that students’ performance in these subjects may be influenced by their vested interest in mathematics but there is a dearth of information on this. This study investigated the inseparable companion of mathematics and chemistry in fostering science and technology education through students’ perceived knowledge of mathematics (PKM), its relationship with chemistry (RMC) and the perceived influence of mathematics knowledge (IMKC) on students’ performance in chemistry. The internal consistencies of the instruments were 0.75, 0.81 and 0.67 respectively using Cronbach alpha. The study is a descriptive research of the cross sectional survey type. 475 students were randomly selected from 10 Secondary Schools in Oyo State. while one intact class was randomly selected from each school. A researcher designed questionnaire was used for collecting data for the study. It was discovered that chemistry students perceived that they have adequate knowledge of mathematics to apply to related fields of study especially chemistry, knowledge of mathematics relates with chemistry and students’ perceived knowledge of mathematics influence their performance in chemistry. The results of this research work suggest that students who are very sound in mathematics perform better in chemistry.
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Knowledge , Performance , perception , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Akinoso, S. O, Olafare, F. O., Aliyu, R. T. & Agoro, A. A. (2016). Mathematics and Chemistry an inseparable companion in science and technology education. Ibadan Journal of Education Studies, 13(1). 119-129. Publication of Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria