EFFECT OF COMPUTER SPREADSHEET ON SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS' ACHIEVEMENT AND INTEREST IN BASIC STATISTICS

  • M N O V EZEAMENYI, Ph.D ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ENUGU
Keywords: teaching basic statistics, computer spreadsheet strategy, Mathematics Interest Scale, students' achievement and interest in basic statistics

Abstract

This study specifically was to investigate the effect of computer spreadsheet strategy on senior secondary school one (SSI) students' achievement and interest in basic statistics and the interaction between teaching strategies and location of schools on SSI students' achievement and interest in basic statistics. Four research questions and six hypotheses guided the study. Quasi-experimental design was adopted, precisely it was a pretest -
posttest control group design where intact classes were used. Experimental groups were taught with computer spreadsheet strategy while the control groups were taught with
expository method. Sample for the study consisted of 261 SS 1 students made up of 133 urban and 128 rural students. Also 128 students were in the experimental group and 133 students in the control group. Instruments used for data collection were mathematics
Achievement Test (MAT) and Mathematics Interest Scale (MIS) developed by the researchers and validated by three research experts. MAT yielded a reliability coefficient of 93 using
Kuder Richardson's formula 20 (KR-20) while MIS yielded a reliability coefficient of .83
using the Cronbach's Alpha method. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions while Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to test the hypotheses
at .05 significance level. The study revealed that the students taught with computer spreadsheet strategy attained higher achievement and also showed greater interest in
mathematics. No significant interaction existed between teaching strategies and school location with regard to students' achievement and interest in basic statistics. It was recommended that secondary school mathematics teachers be trained and supported to used computer spreadsheet strategy in teaching basic statistics.

Author Biography

M N O V EZEAMENYI, Ph.D, ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ENUGU

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND COMPUTER EDUCATION

Published
2018-08-15
Section
Articles