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The effect of instructional comics on sixth grade students' achievement in heat transfer

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2010
Özdemir, Ertuğrul
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of instructional comics on sixth grade students' achievement in heat and temperature. The population of the study was all of the sixth grade students in public elementary schools in Yüzüncü Yıl district. The sample of the study was 113 sixth graders from three public elementary schools in Yüzüncü Yıl district. In the beginning of the matter and heat chapter of science and technology course, the implementation started with the pretest. Then, a series of comics were implemented to the students for two weeks. Then, the implementation ended with the posttest. Data were analyzed through MANCOVA where the independent variable is the treatment implemented to the students. The dependent variables are students' achievement in heat transfer, enjoyment of science and perception of success in science. It was statistically found that there is no significant effect of the treatment on the combination of the dependent variables. However, when the effects of the treatment on the dependent variables is investigated separately, it was found that students in the treatment group got significantly higher scores than the students in the control group. On the other hand, it was also found that there is no significant difference in students' enjoyment of science and their perception of success in science between the groups. In addition, it was observed that instructional comics increase the participation of reluctant students.