Prof. Medinat Salman of the Department of Science Education, University of Ilorin, has identified inadequate understanding of Mathematics language as one of the major factors responsible for mass failures of the subject in examinations.
Salman made the observation in Ilorin on Friday while presenting a paper entitled “Language and Problem Solving: The Mathematics Education Link”, at the 168th Inaugural Lecture of the university.
According to her, other factors are lack of frequent practice, poor background on the subject, as well as influence of parents on child’s career choice.
Salman , who is a mathematics lecturer in the university, urged mathematics teachers to always create a friendly atmosphere for learners to develop interest.
She advised teachers to always simplify technical terms that might constitute barriers to students’ understanding of topics in mathematics.
“It is imperative for teachers of mathematics to adopt the use of effective instructional strategies that will enhance and encourage the students to meaningfully acquire the knowledge of mathematics,” she said.
The Don also urged mathematics textbooks, authors, to clearly suggest the patterns considered appropriate to teach each topic.
Salman advised students to imbibe the culture of readiness and willingness to learn.