Relative effectiveness of three methods of teaching college algebra

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Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education Major in Mathematics

Subject Categories

Algebra | Mathematics


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Science Education

Thesis Adviser

Melecio C. Deauna

Defense Panel Chair

Maxima J. Acelajado

Defense Panel Member

Elizabeth S. Ong
Bee Ching U. Ong


This study focuses on the relative effectiveness of three methods of teaching College Algebra to students with different cognitive abilities. The researcher attempts to determine which method of teaching College Algebra could increase the students' achievement. The subjects of the study were the 117 second year education students of Bukidnon State College and the comprised three classes of intact groups. By random assignment, one class was assigned to traditional method, the other class was assigned to individualized method, and the third class was assigned to group study method. All these classes were given pretest of the achievement test and a mathematics attitude scale. In grouping by ability level, the students were grouped according to their OLSAT raw scores as high ability group, average ability group and low ability group. In individualized study class, the students progressed at their own pace while in group study class, the students worked by groups. Members of small groups were changed after every topic and they were grouped randomly according to their ability level. A posttest was used as the criterion in this study. ANOVA and ANCOVA were used to analyze the data. The study revealed that there is significant difference (PTO) between students' achievement and methods of teaching when grouped according to ability level but there is no significant difference in the attitude change of students as far as ability grouping and methods of teaching are concerned. There is also no significant interaction between methods of teaching and ability grouping on the achievement of students in College Algebra.

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Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

170 leaves, 28 cm.


Algebra--Study and teaching; Mathematics--Study and teaching

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