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Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique

Year 2010, Volume 4, Issue 1, 1 - 10, 01.06.2010

Abstract

This study investigated the effect of games and simulations on the gender related differences in mathematics achievement and interest of students in geometry. The sample group consisted of 287 senior secondary school (SSS I) students comprising 158 boys and 129 girls from six out of the 46 secondary schools in Gwer-West LGA of Benue state, Nigeria. The study adopted a pre-test and post-test quasi-experimental design, where intact classes were assigned to experimental and control groups. Data generated using Geometry Achievement Test (GAT) and Geometry Interest Inventory (GII) were analyzed using descriptive statistics to answer research questions and Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) to test the hypotheses. Findings reveal that male and female students taught using games, and simulations did not differ significantly both in achievement and in interest. It was recommended among others that mathematics teacher should always use relevant games and simulations in teaching mathematics concepts but paying equal attention to the learning needs of both male and female students, and that school administrators should be encouraged to provide local games that could facilitate meaningful learning of mathematics.

References

  • Achor, E. E., Imoko, B. I., & Uloko, S. E. (2009). Effect of ethnomathematics teaching approach on senior secondary students’ achievement and retention in Locus.
  • Educational Research and Review, 4(8), 385-390. Alio, B. C. & Harbor-Peters, V. F. (2000). The effect of Polya’s problem-solving technique on secondary school students’ achievement in mathematics. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association Nigeria, 25(1), 26-38.
  • Amali, A. O., Ojogbane, V. T., & Akume, G. T. (2004). The problem of under representation of women in science, mathematics and engineering courses in higher education in Nigeria. Benue State University Journal of Education, 5(1), 73-83.
  • Agwagah, U. N. V. (1993). Instructions in mathematics reading as a factor in students’ achievement and interest in word problem-solving. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Etukudo, U. E. (2002). The effect of computer–assisted instruction on gender and performance of junior secondary school students in mathematics. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association Nigeria, 27(1), 1-8.
  • Ezeugo, N. C., & Agwagah, U. N. V. (2000). Effects of concepts mapping on students’ achievement in algebra; implications for secondary mathematics education in the 21st century. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association Nigeria, 25(1), 1-12.
  • Gbodi, B. E., & Laleye, A. M. (2006). Effects of videotaped instruction on learning of integrated science. Journal of Research in Curriculum and Teaching, 1(1), 10-19.
  • Imoko, B. I., & Agwagah, U. N. V. (2006). Improving students’ interest in mathematics, through the concept mapping technique. A focus on gender. Journal of Research in Curriculum and Teaching, 1(1), 30-38.
  • Jahun I. U., & Momoh, J. S. (2001). The effects of Sex and environment on the mathematics achievement of JSS III students in Kwara State. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association Nigeria, 26(1), 53-58.
  • Olagunju, S. O. (2001). Sex, age, and performance in mathematics. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association of Nigeria, 26(1), 8-16.

Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique

Year 2010, Volume 4, Issue 1, 1 - 10, 01.06.2010

Abstract

This study investigated the effect of games and simulations on the gender related differences in mathematics achievement and interest of students in geometry. The sample group consisted of 287 senior secondary school (SSS I) students comprising 158 boys and 129 girls from six out of the 46 secondary schools in Gwer-West LGA of Benue state, Nigeria. The study adopted a pre-test and post-test quasi-experimental design, where intact classes were assigned to experimental and control groups. Data generated using Geometry Achievement Test (GAT) and Geometry Interest Inventory (GII) were analyzed using descriptive statistics to answer research questions and Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) to test the hypotheses. Findings reveal that male and female students taught using games, and simulations did not differ significantly both in achievement and in interest. It was recommended among others that mathematics teacher should always use relevant games and simulations in teaching mathematics concepts but paying equal attention to the learning needs of both male and female students, and that school administrators should be encouraged to provide local games that could facilitate meaningful learning of mathematics.

References

  • Achor, E. E., Imoko, B. I., & Uloko, S. E. (2009). Effect of ethnomathematics teaching approach on senior secondary students’ achievement and retention in Locus.
  • Educational Research and Review, 4(8), 385-390. Alio, B. C. & Harbor-Peters, V. F. (2000). The effect of Polya’s problem-solving technique on secondary school students’ achievement in mathematics. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association Nigeria, 25(1), 26-38.
  • Amali, A. O., Ojogbane, V. T., & Akume, G. T. (2004). The problem of under representation of women in science, mathematics and engineering courses in higher education in Nigeria. Benue State University Journal of Education, 5(1), 73-83.
  • Agwagah, U. N. V. (1993). Instructions in mathematics reading as a factor in students’ achievement and interest in word problem-solving. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Etukudo, U. E. (2002). The effect of computer–assisted instruction on gender and performance of junior secondary school students in mathematics. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association Nigeria, 27(1), 1-8.
  • Ezeugo, N. C., & Agwagah, U. N. V. (2000). Effects of concepts mapping on students’ achievement in algebra; implications for secondary mathematics education in the 21st century. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association Nigeria, 25(1), 1-12.
  • Gbodi, B. E., & Laleye, A. M. (2006). Effects of videotaped instruction on learning of integrated science. Journal of Research in Curriculum and Teaching, 1(1), 10-19.
  • Imoko, B. I., & Agwagah, U. N. V. (2006). Improving students’ interest in mathematics, through the concept mapping technique. A focus on gender. Journal of Research in Curriculum and Teaching, 1(1), 30-38.
  • Jahun I. U., & Momoh, J. S. (2001). The effects of Sex and environment on the mathematics achievement of JSS III students in Kwara State. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association Nigeria, 26(1), 53-58.
  • Olagunju, S. O. (2001). Sex, age, and performance in mathematics. ABACUS, Journal of Mathematical Association of Nigeria, 26(1), 8-16.

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Primary Language English
Subjects Social
Journal Section Makaleler
Authors

Dr Emmanuel E ACHOR This is me


Benjamin İ. IMOKO This is me


John T AJAİ This is me

Publication Date June 1, 2010
Published in Issue Year 2010, Volume 4, Issue 1

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Bibtex @research article { balikesirnef46515, journal = {Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi}, eissn = {1307-6086}, address = {}, publisher = {Balıkesir University}, year = {2010}, volume = {4}, number = {1}, pages = {1 - 10}, title = {Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique}, key = {cite}, author = {Achor, Dr Emmanuel E and Imoko, Benjamin İ. and Ajai, John T} }
APA Achor, D. E. E. , Imoko, B. İ. & Ajai, J. T. (2010). Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique . Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi , 4 (1) , 1-10 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/balikesirnef/issue/3370/46515
MLA Achor, D. E. E. , Imoko, B. İ. , Ajai, J. T. "Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique" . Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi 4 (2010 ): 1-10 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/balikesirnef/issue/3370/46515>
Chicago Achor, D. E. E. , Imoko, B. İ. , Ajai, J. T. "Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique". Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi 4 (2010 ): 1-10
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EndNote %0 Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique %A Dr Emmanuel E Achor , Benjamin İ. Imoko , John T Ajai %T Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique %D 2010 %J Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi %P -1307-6086 %V 4 %N 1 %R %U
ISNAD Achor, Dr Emmanuel E , Imoko, Benjamin İ. , Ajai, John T . "Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique". Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi 4 / 1 (June 2010): 1-10 .
AMA Achor D. E. E. , Imoko B. İ. , Ajai J. T. Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique. Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi. 2010; 4(1): 1-10.
Vancouver Achor D. E. E. , Imoko B. İ. , Ajai J. T. Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique. Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi. 2010; 4(1): 1-10.
IEEE D. E. E. Achor , B. İ. Imoko and J. T. Ajai , "Sex Differentials in Students’ Achievement and Interest in Geometry Using Games and Simulations Technique", Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi Elektronik Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Dergisi, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-10, Jun. 2010