Determinants of Mathematics-Related Career Choice Among Senior Secondary School Students in Makurdi Metropolis, Benue State, Nigeria

IJSSHE-International Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education Volume 3, Number 1, 2019

26 Pages Posted: 20 May 2019

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Joshua Abah Abah

Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi

Terungwa James Age

University of Agriculture, Makurdi

George Idoko Agada

University of Agriculture, Makurdi

Date Written: April 25, 2019

Abstract

This study was designed to identify the determinants of mathematics-related career choice among senior secondary school students in Makurdi metropolis, Benue State, Nigeria. It explicitly focused on parents influence, academic ability, peer group influence, influence of various teaching methods employed in teaching mathematics, students’ interest, gender differences and role models influences as basic determinants of mathematics-related career choice. A survey research design was employed for the study, with the researcher developed Students Career Determinant Questionnaire – SCDQ (Cronbach Alpha Coefficient = 0.82) administered to a sample of 125 senior secondary school students who want to major in mathematics-related careers. These students were drawn randomly from five different secondary schools chosen via stratified random sampling in Makurdi metropolis, Benue State, Nigeria. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions. Analysis of the data obtained from the SCDQ revealed that parents have a huge influence on senior secondary school students’ choice of career even if the careers of such parents may not be mathematics inclined and the parents may not insist or suggest that their students major in mathematics related careers. The study also revealed that career choice determinants such as students’ academic ability (cluster mean score = 2.73), peer group influences (cluster mean score = 2.69), various teaching methods employed in schools (cluster mean score = 3.05), students interest (cluster mean score = 2.89), gender differences (cluster mean score = 2.64) and role model influences (cluster mean score = 2.68), all have positive high influences on mathematics related career choice decisions of students. The results indicated that the various teaching methods employed in schools have the highest influence on mathematics-related career choice among senior secondary school students with a cluster mean of 3.05. Based on these findings it was recommended that mathematics teachers should endeavour to employ modern teaching methods in their classroom lessons to ensure attainment of mathematics related-career goals among these secondary school students.

Keywords: Career, Career choice, Career determinants, Mathematics, Education

Suggested Citation

Abah, Joshua Abah and Age, Terungwa James and Agada, George Idoko, Determinants of Mathematics-Related Career Choice Among Senior Secondary School Students in Makurdi Metropolis, Benue State, Nigeria (April 25, 2019). IJSSHE-International Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education Volume 3, Number 1, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3382751 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3382751

Joshua Abah Abah (Contact Author)

Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi ( email )

Makurdi, Benue State.
Makurdi
Nigeria
+2348073695770 (Phone)

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Terungwa James Age

University of Agriculture, Makurdi ( email )

Makurdi-Gbagimba Road
Nigeria

George Idoko Agada

University of Agriculture, Makurdi ( email )

Makurdi-Gbagimba Road
Nigeria

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