Addressing the Poor Performance of Ghanaian Junior High School Pupils in selected science concepts through the use of Concepts Cartoons: A Study of Okai-Koi District, Accra

International Journal for Innovation Education and Research

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Title Addressing the Poor Performance of Ghanaian Junior High School Pupils in selected science concepts through the use of Concepts Cartoons: A Study of Okai-Koi District, Accra
 
Creator Kumi-Manu, Rosemary Naana
 
Subject constructivist learning
concept cartoon
instructional strategy
 
Description This study explored the use of concept cartoons to enhance the performance of Junior High School pupils in selected science concepts by using pre and post intervention test. Sample comprised 37 Junior High School pupils and one science teacher in Abelemkpe Junior High School in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Concept cartoons are instructional tools designed to generate scientific thinking among learners. Adapted to the 5E instructional model, they can be used at any stage of the learning process to facilitate effective learning of scientific concepts. Completed tests based on five selected science concepts were analyzed using the t-test inferential statistics to establish any significance difference between respondents’ mean scores of the pre and post intervention data. Results revealed that the use of concept cartoons to teach the selected science concepts enhanced the pupils’ cognitive achievement. The concept cartoons affected learners’ academic achievement in positive ways. The pupils were able to construct their own knowledge and made meaning of their everyday experiences. Results of the t-test (t (36)=8.41, p=.000), (t (36)=9.38, p=.000), (t(36)=4.85, p=.000), (t(36)=10.58, p=.000) and (t(36)=11.85, p=.000) indicated a significant difference between the mean scores of the pretest and posttest. This implied that the use of concept cartoon had a positive effect on the cognitive achievement of pupils. It is therefore, recommended that JHS integrated science teachers adopt the use of concept cartoons to teach science effectively and to increase the pupils’ motivation to learn science.
 
Publisher International Educative Research Foundation Publisher (IERFP)
 
Date 2021-09-01
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://ijier.net/ijier/article/view/3352
10.31686/ijier.vol9.iss9.3352
 
Source International Journal for Innovation Education and Research; Vol. 9 No. 9 (2021): International Journal for Innovation Education and Research; 659-682
2411-2933
2411-3123
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://ijier.net/ijier/article/view/3352/2307
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Rosemary Naana Kumi-Manu
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0
 

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