The effect of peer instruction method on the 8th grade students' mathematics achievement in transformation geometry and attitudes towards mathematics

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2011
Akay, Güler
The purpose of the research study is to investigate the effect of peer instruction method on the 8th grade students’ mathematics achievement and mathematics attitudes in transformation geometry (fractals, rotation, reflection, translation) in crowded classrooms (more than 50 students). Besides, in this study it was aimed to investigate the gender differences regarding mathematics achievement and mathematics attitude. The study was conducted during the academic year 2009-2010. The sample was consisted of 112 eighth grade students from a public elementary school in Küçükçekmece district in Istanbul. Two classes, instructed by the researcher, were randomly assigned as experimental and control groups. The experimental group students were taught the subject transformation geometry through peer instruction method, while the control group students were taught the subject transformation geometry conventionally. Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT) and Attitude towards Mathematics Scale (ATMS) were administered to students as measuring instruments. The two-way ANCOVA and two-way ANOVA statistical techniques were performed in order to answer to the research questions. Results indicated that the peer instruction method has significant positive effects on students’ mathematics achievement and attitudes towards mathematics. Also, it was shown that there is not a significant difference between the female and male students’ mathematics achievement and mathematics attitudes.

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G. Akay, “The effect of peer instruction method on the 8th grade students’ mathematics achievement in transformation geometry and attitudes towards mathematics,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.