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Comparative Effectiveness of Inductive Inquiry and Transmitter of Knowledge Models on Secondary School Students’ Achievement on Circle Geometry and Trigonometry

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In this study, the effectiveness of Inductive Inquiry and Transmitter of Knowledge models on students’ academic achievement on Circle Geometry and Trigonometry is explored. The main objectives of the study are to expose the groups to Inductive Inquiry and Transmitter of Knowledge models and compare the effectiveness of these modes of teaching in the teaching of circle geometry and trigonometry. The pre-test-post-test experimental design is chosen for this work. It is hypothesized that there would be significant difference between mean achievement scores of these experimental groups on the post-test. The population of the study consisted of all the students of senior secondary two (SS2) class studying in Govt. Sec. School, Bwari, Federal Capital Territory( FCT) Abuja, Nigeria from which a sample of 60 students is drawn using random sampling technique. They were divided into two groups formed through matching on the basis of their pre-test scores; each group consisting of 30 students. One of the groups is randomly chosen as the Inductive Inquiry group and the other as Transmitter of Knowledge group. The independent variable is mode of teaching and the dependent variable is the academic achievement of students. The dependent variable is measured through a 50-item achievement test items generated using the West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) past questions. These questions are used as both pre-test and post-test items. It is found that Inductive Inquiry group performed better than the Transmitter of Knowledge group. This result may be investigated for further confirmation. It is recommended that Inductive Inquiry model be used by teachers of mathematics while teaching the subject to senior secondary classes. A blend of models may be used because there is no single model that is exclusively best for teaching all the topics at all levels to all students, considering individual differences among students.


The Bulletin of Society for Mathematical Services and Standards (Volume 3)
S. A. Ihedioha and B. O. Osu, "Comparative Effectiveness of Inductive Inquiry and Transmitter of Knowledge Models on Secondary School Students’ Achievement on Circle Geometry and Trigonometry", The Bulletin of Society for Mathematical Services and Standards, Vol. 3, pp. 28-36, 2012
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September 2012

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