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TEACHER’S CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SKILLS AND STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN THE LEARNING OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN SECONDARY SCHOOL IN ESIT EKET LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA
1.1 Background of the Study
Classroom management and administration had often times been used interchangeably to meant the same thing. Classroom management is the process of mobilizing, arranging, directing and giving the resource. In an organization to realized the established goals such as school. (Ekanem, 2006) observed that schools administration refers to the activities performed by performed by person occupying high level of the office in the school.
According to Nkang (2003) putting these two concepts classroom management and administration together, the level of explaining classroom management will be meaningful.
Uta(2002), is of the opinion that, for classroom to be properly managed, the teacher must have classroom management skills. In maintaining conducive atmosphere for the students to have interest in the learning of social studies, such skills involves the classroom discipline which is the major strategy or skills in maintaining classroom management.
Ntuk (2010), reported that for a teacher to manage his or her classroom effectively, she must co-operate with other teachers to in the school because co-operation is the major factor used in the process of classroom management. Co-operation here means working together with the people towards the realization of a set of goal in the classroom situation. It also involves working together with thee head teacher, other teacher and even student to achieve learning.
The laid down rules and regulation to the conduct of the classroom here to be followed, when all those are done, effective classroom management will take place (Ekanem, 2005).
1.2. Statement of the Problem
The growing member of failure in social studies in both the external and international examination in recent time among our secondary school students has become a cause of concern not only to the teachers of social studies, but to the parent and teachers of social studies, but to the parent and the society at large. Again, the loss of interest by students in offering social studies in secondary schools in EsitEket Local Government Area has been a problem with investigation. The knowledge within the interaction has made urgent need of the researcher to find out that, this is caused by poor classroom management skills, poor methods of teaching social studies has raised a lot of issues. The most outstanding being lamenting attack on the method applied by teachers in the teaching of social studies and how to management classroom effectively.
1.3. Purpose of the Study
The main purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between teachers classroom management skills and students interest in the learning of social studies. The following are the purpose of the study;
- To assess the relationship between teachers classroom management skills and student interest in the learning of social studies.
- The examine the Relationship between classroom management and student performance.
1.4 Research Questions
The following research questions were put forward for the study;
- What is the relationship between classroom management and the academic performance of students in social Studies?
- How does Student interest affect the teaching of social studies?
- What is the relationship between teacher’s classroom management skills and the teaching of social studies in secondary school?
1.5 Significance of the Study
The important of this study wrapped up in the fact that, this research will envisage and interprets the impact of teacher’s classroom managementskills and students interest in the learning of social studies. It is therefore hopeful that this research work will contribute greatly in strategies selection in the management of classroom when teaching social studies. This study will also seek avenue to update vital information of the past researchers and add for further development.
The importance of this study is not farfetched andcannot be under-estimated as it would be properly carried out to benefit the following bodies in educational system.
Student on practical teaching, the teaching as a reference material during their teaching practice.
Teachers who involve in educational guidance andcounseling, they will find this work useful I n enhancing their job profession.
Ministry of education, they will make use of this work during school supervision in line with classroom management and administration.
Curriculum planners, they will make use of this research as a means to foster curriculum planning, development and innovation in over educational system.
Classroom teacher, every good teacher in a standard school will see this material as a source of classroom management, administration and organization.
1.6. Limitations of the Study
This study is limited by the following;
- Financial constraints.
- The respondent’s in-depth attitudes on the cost of administering the instrument.
- The limited time scheduled for the study
1.7. Definition of Terms
To show a clear perception of the study, the following terms are defined as related to the study
a. Teachers: According to UNESCO, teachers are referred to as all those persons in schools who are responsible for providing his or her students with educational direction to the all-round development of the “human personality and the moral society” cultural and economic progress for the community.
b: Classroom Management:It refers to the smooth and effective handling of the class through the process of controlling, directing, supervision, planning and mobilizing of various resources. (Ekanem, 2005).
c. Skills: these are techniques or abilities to perform or doing something in a good way.
d. Students: As used in the study refers to as the group of learners who are studying at the school, like secondary schools and universities.
e. Interest: As used on the study refers to as the feeling that you have when you want to know or learn about something.