Sky Journals of Educational Research Vol. 5(4), pp. 060-067, October, 2017. Available online http://www.skyjournals.org/SJER

ISSN 2354-4406 ©2017 Sky Journals

 

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Influence of class size on students’ classroom discipline, engagement and communication: a case study of senior secondary schools in Ekiti state, Nigeria

 

Oluwatosin Victor Ajayi1*, Christina Tanko Audu2 and Evelyn Ehi Ajayi1

 

1Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.
2Department of Integrated Science, College of Education, Zing, Taraba State, Nigeria.

 

*Corresponding author. E-mail: drvictorajayi@gmail.com.

 

Accepted 26 October, 2017

Abstract

In this study, the influence of class size on students’ classroom discipline, engagement and communication was examined. A sample of 128 senior secondary school teachers from 16 purposely selected secondary schools out of a population of 4529 senior secondary teachers from Ekiti State, Nigeria was used for the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The instrument used for data collection was Influence of Class Size on Classroom Discipline, Engagement and Communication Questionnaire (ICSCDECQ) with the reliability value of 0.78 using Cronbach Alpha (KR-21). Four research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. The research questions were answered using Mean rating and Standard Deviation scores while the null hypotheses were tested using Chi-square. The study revealed that class size has significant influence on senior secondary classroom discipline, engagement and communication. It was recommended among others that, senior secondary schools in Ekiti State, Nigeria should adopt a maximum of 40:1 student–teacher ratio (small class size) for effective classroom discipline, engagement and communication.

Key words:
Class size, classroom discipline, classroom engagement, classroom communication.  
 

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