Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

Effectiveness of E-Content Strategy on Mathematics Achievement of Elementary Students

Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

Effectiveness of E-Content Strategy on Mathematics Achievement of Elementary Students

Article excerpt

In the age of cyberspace in the twenty-first century, e-Content is entering into almost all subjects in the field of education. It is supposed to be used as a tool where and when considered useful. By integrating e-Content into standard learning material, by offering eContent module cases and by integrating the use of e-Content in the different subject areas, different types of actions are taken or planned, to make sure that e-Content will be real part of the curriculum by supporting software development. If we are to cope with the various challenges of the swiftly changing society/environment and make use of new opportunities offered by e-Content, plans have to be realized giving learners, teachers and educators access to necessary equipments. Conventional strategy represents a paradigm whereby knowledge is transmitted from teacher to student. Teacher plays an active part in this mode of instruction.

e-Content represents a paradigm where knowledge is constructed and sort by the learner. Learner plays an active role in the learning process. Learning is individualized, self-paced and hands on. At elementary level, the students felt very difficult to understand the concepts in Mathematics subject because the abstract content matters are boring to the learners and induce disinterest. Abstract learning needs more sensory integration to fix up in the long term memory. So attention needs to be focussed on the integrative efforts of information processing approach, transformation between short term memory and long term memory and accelerating cognitive strategies. The present study intended to explore the effectiveness of e-content strategy on achievement in Mathematics of elementary school students.

Objective of the study

To compare mean score of mathematics achievement of elementary school students at the pre and post-test stages of the experimental group.

Hypothesis of the study

There is no significant difference between mean Mathematics achievement score of elementary school students at pre and post stages of the experimental group.

Delimitations of the study

* The study was delimited to the VII class elementary school students in the subject of Mathematics only.

* The study was delimited to one government school of UT Chandigarh only.

* The content of class VII Mathematics was taken from the text book ofNCERT only.

Method and procedure

The study was conducted through experimental method of research on a sample of 80 pupils studying in class VII of a Government School of UT Chandigarh. One section formed experimental group and one section formed the controlled group.

Instrument

To measure the students at pre-test and post-test stage, the tool employed for the collection of data was Mathematics Achievement Test which was developed by the investigator himself to measure the achievement of elementary school students in Mathematics.

Research design

Pre-test - Post-test Control group Design was employed to conduct the study. The design comprised three stages: the first stage has involved pre-testing of all the students of two groups on the Mathematics Achievement Test. The second stage has involved treatment of two months. The experimental treatment was consisted of teaching Mathematics to VII class with e-Content to experimental and through Conventional method to control group. Same topics were taught to both groups. The treatment was conducted by the investigator himself in both groups so as to avoid teacher variable and maximum precision. During the third stage, immediately after the treatment was over, the subjects were administered the post-test. The same criterion test as taken in pre-test was taken. Both the groups of sampled students were subjected to those post-test. In this way, post-test scores were obtained on achievement test in mathematics ofboth the groups.

Results

The purpose of the present study was to examine the effectiveness of e-Content strategy on achievement in Mathematics of elementary school students. …

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