Effects of class size on students’ academic performance in junior secondary school social studies education, Rivers State
Dr. Birabil Saturday Tete, Dr. Nwankwo Ngozi Beatrice
This study aimed at investigating the effect of class size on Junior Secondary School Students’ academic performance in Social Studies. A pre-test post-test experimental design was adopted. The population of the study was 3601 students from 14 Junior Secondary Schools in Gokana Local Government Area. The sample size was 180 JSS 3 students selected through simple random sampling techniques. An instrument titled ‘Social Studies Performance Test’ (SOSPT) was used. The reliability of the instrument gave a Cronbach Alpha index of 0.87 which was considered reliable. Mean and standard deviation statistics were used to answer the research question while analysis of variance was used to test the hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. The result showed that class size has significant effects on students’ performance in social studies. The researchers recommended among others that students be admitted based on space and more social studies teachers be recruited.