Title Page. i

Approval Page. ii

Certification. iii

Dedication. iv

Acknowledgement v

Table of Contents. vi

Abstract viii




Background of the Study. 1

Statement of the Problem. 7

Purpose of the Study. 8

Significance of the Study. 9

Scope of the Study. 10

Research Questions 11



Review of Literature. 12

Conceptual Framework. 13

Theoretical Framework. 20

Review of Empirical Study. 27

Summary of Literature Review. 31



Research Method. 34

Design of the Study. 34

Area of the Study. 34

Population of Study. 35

Sample and Sampling Techniques 35

Instrument for Data Collection. 36

Validation of Instrument 37

Reliability of the Instrument 37

Method of Data Collection. 38

Method of Data Analysis 38



Presentation and Analysis Of Data. 39



Discussion of the Findings, Recommendations and Conclusion. 56

Discussion. 56

Conclusion. 72

Educational Implication. 72

Recommendations 74

Limitations of the Study. 83

Suggestions for Further Studies 83

Summary of the Study. 84



Appendix i 97

Appendix ii 98

Appendix iii 105

Appendix iv. 107

Appendix v. 115

Appendix vi………………………………………………………………115

Appendix vii 113


The study investigated the motivational strategies for effective learning of Geography among senior secondary school students in Ankpa Educational Zone of Kogi state. The study was guided by five objectives and research questions. The design of the study was descriptive survey. The population of the study comprises of the SSS III geography students of both public and private schools (government approved) in the study area. The instrument used for the study is Motivational Strategies for Effective Learning of Geography (MOSFELG). These were administered to the geography students of the 19 sampled secondary schools within the study area. The research questions were answered and analyzed using mean score. Any item with mean score of 2.50 and above was considered as agreed and any item with mean score below 2.50 was considered disagreed. The finding revealed among other things that students were encouraged, motivated and developed problem solving skills when taught with motivational teaching strategies. The recommendation that were made include the presentation of Geography subject matter by geography teacher in order to motivate student to effectively learn geography.



Background of the Study

In spite of the importance of geography which serves as the present day hope in predicting and proffering solutions to our ever increasing environmental problems, ranging from climate change, ozone layer depletion, global warming, flooding, soil erosion, mass movement, drought and desertification, pollutions and earth quakes in other places, the learning of Geography is still impeded in Ankpa Educational Zone of Kogi State. Akintade (2012) stated that, Geography as a school subject is one of the most important subjects in secondary school education. Geography is relevant for both the students who are likely to continue to tertiary level and those who will not proceed. It equips students with a body of knowledge to make them functional and socially relevant in the fast changing world. No doubt Geography is a distinct and dynamic social science discipline that deals with the study of man and his physical environment.

It therefore helps young people to appreciate the value of their environment and its vast natural resources. That Geography as a subject is versatile, expressive, and intellectually stimulating. It exhibits a correlation with all school subjects. It instills in the students the need to appreciate and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own society. Despite this, there is an observable lack of students’ interest in Geography as a school subject in most of the secondary schools within Ankpa educational zone of Kogi state. This situation agreed with Akintade (2012) who observed, there has been sharp decline in the number of students that offer Geography at the senior secondary school level in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The various reasons suspected to be responsible for this dwindling and decline of students’ interest for geography as a school subject are explored in this work. Teachers’ attitude and relationship with pupils has a very significant impact on the students’ attitude towards the subject, Bajah (1975) stated that, it is an educational truism that a teacher graduate or non-graduate can only teach what he or she knows. Therefore, it is very important that a secondary school teacher should be academically articulate in his area of specialization. The way he/she relates to the students and passes across his instructions goes a long way to motivate or discourage the student’s interest and attitude towards the subject.

Ezeudu (2003), geography has its peculiar methods which are employed by the geography teacher so as to make the subject more interesting and meaningful to the students. That certain factors such as the nature of general objective of geography education, time factor, age and mental development of students, environmental setting, the school programes, and competence of the teacher are put into consideration in adopting any teaching method that can best be used in imparting knowledge to the students. He further stressed that the purpose of any method of teaching is to effectively transmit, translate and transfer knowledge, skills, values and attitudes from one group to another. That geography education is not only a theoretical subject but practical, action packed, problem oriented and issue based. The classroom of geography is the field. Hence field based methods like field work, project, and inquiring are preferred for its teaching as they will create avenue for the students to observe, ask question, collect and collate data, analyze data  and pass value judgment as well as participate in the geographical actions.

According to Okpala (2000) any subject that is not termed essential at any educational level in any educational system has to work extra mile for its continued existence. Such a subject may be phased out if it lacks clientele (students). It could also be relegated to the background if an allied subject is thought to be more relevant to the citizens at that point in time. Geography is facing this threat. The former was experienced in Nigeria when the number of Geography students fell to less than five in a school, and geography was removed from the time-table for economic reasons.

Willmer (1966) said, the latter was the case in the United States of America from 1960 to the 1980s when social studies replaced Geography in many schools. It is therefore important that geographers periodically evaluate the image of the subject in order to work out plans for its survival. Aydin and Costun (2011) further stated that, if the students cannot learn well, one of the main reasons for this is that, they are not interested in the subject. One of the important tasks for the teacher is to provide the motivation for the students such as positive classroom atmosphere established by teacher will provide confidence in the students. As a result the students will develop positive attitude towards the subject, increase in motivation will emerge and may increase desire to achieve more better. Aydin (2011) reiterated that, to instill/inculcate the desired qualities in students and motivate them for Geography lessons are possible, only by planning the process of teaching strategies. The realization of the objective is parallel with factors such as the reading levels and learning styles of students on the issues in geography curriculum, the method or approach that geography teachers chose the teaching materials and teaching strategies to be used. Education programmes and curriculum are the important variables in the process of teaching. Coskun and Aydin (2011) added, that in recent years, Geography studies addressing the different dimensions of students’ motivation have been made, for example, the use of such strategy as: the relevance of Geography, use of praise, rewards and privileges, handling of students’ variations, team work in problem solving as well as the incorporation of different learning styles in motivating students to learn Geography.

Thus, the researcher has seen the need to investigate the motivational strategy for effective learning of Geography among the senior secondary school students in Ankpa educational zone of Kogi state.

According to Gregg (1995), Geography is the study of the patterns and processes of human (built) and environmental (natural) landscapes, where landscapes comprises real objective and perceived (subjective) space Martin (1989) said, that Geography is concerned with the location or spatial variation in both physical  and human phenomena on the earth’s surface.

Taun (1991) define Geography as the study of earth as the home of people. Geography is defined as a science that is concerned with the formulation of the laws governing the spatial distribution of certain features on the earth’s surface. The study provides accurate, orderly and rational description and interpretation of the variable character of the earth surface.