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ERIC Number: EJ900203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Strategic Improvement of Mathematical Problem-Solving Performance of Secondary School Students Using Procedural and Conceptual Learning Strategies
Adeleke, M. A.
Educational Research and Reviews, v2 n9 p259-263 Sep 2007
The paper examined the possibility of finding out if improvements in students' problem solving performance in simultaneous linear equation will be recorded with the use of procedural and conceptual learning strategies and in addition to find out which of the strategies will be more effective. The study adopted a pretest, post test control group design. A total of 166 science students drawn from four schools in four local government Areas in Osun state of south-western Nigeria were involved in the study. The students were in Senior Secondary Class Two. These students were assigned to four groups of Conceptual Learning Strategy (CLS), Procedural Learning Strategy (PLS) and Conventional Method (CM) while the fourth group was not taught at all. The first two groups were the experimental groups and the control groups were the last two groups. Treatment was administered for a period of eight weeks. A mathematical achievement test was used as pretest and posttest after validation and was found to have reliability coefficient of 0.76 and item difficulty level ranging between 0.42 and 0.46. Three mathematics teachers who were university graduates were engaged to administer the treatment. The study recorded a significant difference between the problem-solving performance of students in the CLS group and those in the CM group (X[subscript 1]=30.71, X[subscript 2] = 15.66, df =78, t = 16.56, p less than 0.05).Significant difference in performance was also recorded between PLS group and CM group (X[subscript 1] = 24.07, X[subscript 2] = 15.66, df =80, t = 10.95, p less than 0.05). Likewise performance of students in CLS group and those in PLS group differed significantly (X[subscript 1]=30.71, X[subscript 2] = 24.07, df = 84, t = 7.98, p less than 0.05). The study therefore concluded that both CLS and PLS were effective in enhancing students problem-solving performance and that conceptual learning strategy was more effective. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria