Cherechi Miracle Menakaya, Adamu Momoh Muazu, Chekwube Chiebonam Mbegbu


This study determined the effect of cooperative learning method on senior secondary school students’ achievement in English reading comprehension. The study adopted a quasi-experimental 2x2x2 factorial research design. It was guided by two research questions and two hypotheses. The population of the study comprised all the 3,430 senior secondary school two (SSS II) students in Nsukka Education Zone. Using a purposive sampling technique, a sample of 194 SSS II students were drawn from four senior secondary schools in the zone. The instrument for data collection was a Reading Comprehension Achievement Test (RCAT) prepared by the researcher. The instrument was validated by three experts, two from the English language Education Unit of the Department of Arts Education and one from the Measurement and Evaluation Unit of Department of Science, all from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The instrument was trial tested on 30 students randomly chosen from another zone. The data was collated and analyzed using Cronbach’s Alpha Statistics and an internal consistency reliability index of 0.91. Based on this reliability index obtained, the instrument was considered reliable. The research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation while the hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance, using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The findings of the study revealed that students exposed to cooperative learning method achieved better in English reading comprehension than those taught using the lecture method. Also, location has significant influence on students’ achievement in reading comprehension. It was recommended among others, that the English language teachers should adopt the cooperative learning method as an alternative to the conventional lecture method in teaching reading comprehension in secondary schools since it has been proved to improve students’ achievement in reading comprehension.


English language, Achievement, Cooperative learning method, Reading comprehension.

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