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AN EVALUATION OF STUDENTS’ GENERAL INTEREST IN COMPUTER STUDIES AND ITS IMPACT ON SUBJECT PERFORMANCE IN ADO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF EKITI STATE, NIGERIA
This research work examined the effect of attitudes on performance of pupils in computer studies in Ekiti State Secondary Schools. The research work critically examined whether there is any correlation between the attitudes of students and their performance in computer studies. The research instrument that was used in the study was the questionnaire for both the students and the teachers in the selected secondary schools which was validated by the researcher’s supervisor. Chi-square was used to analyze the data collected. The sample consisted of one hundred and fifty students and ten teachers from five carefully selected secondary schools from Ado Local Government Area of Ekiti State Nigeria . The result of the analysis showed that attitude is one cogent factor that influences performance, that there is no gender discrimination in the attitude of students towards computer studies, that teacher’s qualification and instructional materials available also influence the attitudes of students. Based on the findings of this study, recommendations were made. The government should organize seminars to upgrade and update teachers knowledge. The use of instructional materials is emphasized to motivate students and also the teaching methods must be reviewed so that there will lasting impression on students. There should be no gender discrimination in providing opportunities and scholarships for further studies in computer science and related disciplines.
Keywords: . Evaluation, Students, Interest, Computer Studies, Subject and Performance.