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Enhancing Learning Through The Use Of Graphic Organizers to Teach Science to Grade Eleven Students in Jamaica

  • Author / Creator
    DuHaney, Chantelle M
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2012-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3NT35
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Special Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Buck, George (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kelly, Jennifer (Educational Policy Studies)
    • Carbonaro, Mike (Educational Psychology)