ORDER OF TREATMENT OF RELATED MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES, GENDER AND ABILITY LEVELS: EFFECT ON STUDENTS PERFORMANCE IN CHEMISTRY QUANTITATIVE PROBLEMS BY DR. N. E. U. INYANG and MR. A. U. ARCHIBONG

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The study investigated the Effect of Exposing Senior Secondary students to selected Mathematical Principles on their Performance in Chemistry Quantitative problems. In conducting this research study three instructional models were envisaged:
(i) Control Group in which subjects were exposed to concurrent treatments of quantitative problems and related Mathematical Principles;
(ii) Experimental Group I in which subjects exposed to Chemistry Quantitative problems before treatment of related mathematical Principles, and;
(iii) Experimental Group 2 where subjects were taught related mathematical principles before quantitative problems.
The 161 subject used in the study were pretested with Mathematics Ability Test (MAT) and Chemistry Quantitative Ability Test (CQAT) before treatments and later post-tested with CQAT after treatments. Results from data analysis revealed that irrespective of gender and ability level of the student, an instructional model in which selected related mathematical principles were taught before Chemistry Quantitative Problems was most effective in understanding Chemistry Quantitative problems. Recommendations involving Chemistry curriculum design and curriculum implementers – textbooks writers and teachers were made.

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DR. N. E. U. INYANG,
Department of Science
University of Uyo, Uyo

MR. A. U. ARCHIBONG,
Department of Integrated Science, Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Nsit Ibom.

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Inyang N. E. U. and Archibong, A. U. (1998). “Order of Treatment of Related Mathematical Principles, Gender and ability levels, Effects on Students’ performance in Chemistry Quantitative Problems” Nigeria Journal of Vocational Teacher Education (NJOVTE) 2(1), July, pp. 18-27.

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Professor N.E.U. Inyang has always been a teacher. He started as an Assistant Science Master at Duke Town Secondary School, Calabar. From 1976 till date he has taught in various institutions. He was appointed Acting Head, Department of Science Education in Uniuyo from 1994-1998 and promoted Associate and full Professor of Science Education in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He has taught undergraduate courses in Science Education, supervised undergraduate projects and jointly supervised Masters and Ph.D dissertations and theses both in University of Uyo and during his sabbatical leave to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang served in various capacities in the Science Teachers‘ Association of Nigeria (STAN) at both State and National levels. It was during his tenure as Chairman of Akwa Ibom State branch of STAN, He that Akwa Ibom State Branch was adjudged the best branch of the year for an outstanding membership among other achievements. Prof. Inyang served the Akwa Ibom State Government as a resource person at various workshops for primary and secondary school science and mathematics teachers.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has been engaged in a number of Editorial services. He jointly published Integrated Science Workshop proceedings on the Integrated Science Curriculum in the 3 3 system Secondary Education in 1981. He jointly edited a book of readings on science and society 1997. He is editorial adviser of the integrated Science Education series of Integrated Science Panel of STAN and an author of the Basic Science of the University Press Plc, Ibadan, Nigeria.

To date, Prof. Nsedu Inyang has 45 publications to his credit made up of 22 journal articles and 23 book chapters, many of which can be accessed on this knowledgebase. He attended and presented several the keynote addresses and lead papers at conferences, some of which includes Teacher’s Day in 2009 at the Akwa Ibom State rally of NUT and a motivational talk at the Mobil/NNPC/Akwa Ibom State Science quiz, facilitated by the Akwa Ibom State Branch of STAN etc.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has played a number of leadership roles in his christian life. He is happily married and is blessed with successful children.
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