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Inspiration software
grade eleven
graphic organizer
Jamaican students
concept maps
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
DuHaney, Chantelle M
Supervisor and department
Buck, George (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Kelly, Jennifer (Educational Policy Studies)
Carbonaro, Mike (Educational Psychology)
Department of Educational Psychology
Special Education
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Master of Education
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This study investigated the effectiveness of using concept mapping via the web-based software Inspiration to teach grade 11 students ‘Nutrition in Humans’. The sample consisted of 60 students, with an average age 16.4 years who were enrolled in a co-ed high school in western Jamaica. Three instruments were used: an observation schedule designed to determine the frequency of chorus answering for each lesson; an anxiety questionnaire consisting of 16 statements; and a Biology achievement test of 30 recall and application questions constructed by the researcher. The anxiety and biology instruments were administered before and after the 7 weeks of teaching the topics using concept mapping via the web-based software as well as by paper and pencil. The results showed that after students had been taught using the Inspiration, their anxiety levels decreased, the frequency of chorus answering decreased, and their biology achievement significantly improved. It was concluded that concept mapping using the web-based software Inspiration was effective in teaching grade 11 students ‘Nutrition in Humans’.
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