Effects of Conference Method on the Performance of Senior Secondary School Students in Organisation of Ideas in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria
Writing is a major skill students require to function efficiently in school and out of school. This study investigated the effects of the conference method on the performance of senior secondary school students in organisation of ideas in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State. The research was motivated by the poor performance of senior students in written composition. The research design employed was a quasi-experimental design that utilised the non-equivalent control group design. The sample of the population for the study comprised eighty students randomly drawn from two public schools out of the 3,433 senior secondary one students in 20 Government public secondary schools in the Local Government Area. The sample was randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. Two test items, Expository Composition Writing Test (ECWT) and Narrative Composition Writing Test (NCWT) were developed and validated by the researcher and used to collect data for the research. The data collected were analysed using mean, standard deviation and t-test statistics. The results indicated that there was a significant difference between the mean score achievement of the experimental and control groups in organisation of ideas. It was recommended, based on the findings of the research that the conference method should be adopted by teachers of English Language to teach written composition and English teachers should focus on specific writing skills.