UNIVERSITY MATHEMATICS UNDERGRADUATES’ AWARENESS AND USE OF RESOURCE MATERIALS OF THE NATIONAL MATHEMATICAL CENTRE, ABUJA, NIGERIA (Published)
The study examined the extent of Awareness and Use of National Mathematical Centre’s Resource Materials by the Nigerian University Mathematics Undergraduates. It was a descriptive research of the survey type. The population of the study was the entire Mathematics Undergraduates in Nigeria and a total number of 168 University of Ilorin Mathematics and Mathematics Education undergraduates were selected at random from the departments of Mathematics and science education of the University. Researcher designed questionnaire containing 24 items on Awareness and Use of Resources of National Mathematical Centre, Abuja were administered to the subjects. The data collected was analyzed using frequency count while percentage and Chi-square were used to test the stated hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance.The results showed that less than 50% of undergraduates are aware of the resources of NMC, Abuja and less than 20% of them have ever used the resources. Also, Academic levels of the undergraduates do not affect their awareness of the NMC resource materials as no significant difference was found in the awareness of the undergraduates of the NMC resources based on their academic level. Based on the findings, recommendations were made for the popularization of the resources of the centre for a wide range of access to stakeholders.
Keywords: Abuja, National Mathematical Centre, Nigeria, Resource Materials, Undergraduates’ Awareness, University Mathematics