Research Journal of Applied Sciences

Year: 2007
Volume: 2
Issue: 10
Page No. 1031 - 1035

Comparative Effectiveness of Three Problem-Solving Instructional Strategies on Students` Heuristic Transfer in Mathematics at the Senior Secondary School Level in Nigeria

Authors : E.B. Kolawole and A.A. Ilugbusi

Abstract: This study examined the comparative effects of three problem-solving instructional strategies on Secondary School two (SS II) students` heuristics transfer of mathematics skills in order to find out whether the enhanced method facilitated learning than convectional method. It also attempted to find out whether prior knowledge or gender would enhance learning. The sample of this study consisted of 450 (230 males and 220 females) which were randomly selected from ten senior secondary schools in the 6 states of south west Nigeria by using multi stage random sampling technique. Research findings revealed that those taught by heuristic transfer of mathematical skills achieved most of all and also those being taught by problem solving made more progress than those taught by conventional means. The study also shows that neither poor knowledge nor gender appeared to make any difference to gains; it was the method of instruction that mattered. Based on the finding, it was recommended that teachers all levels of Nigeria education strata should inculcate the enhanced problem solving instructional strategy in teaching and learning of mathematics.

How to cite this article:

E.B. Kolawole and A.A. Ilugbusi , 2007. Comparative Effectiveness of Three Problem-Solving Instructional Strategies on Students` Heuristic Transfer in Mathematics at the Senior Secondary School Level in Nigeria . Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 2: 1031-1035.

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