The efficacy of creative play approach in teaching modern physics

Date of Publication


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Teaching Major in Physics


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Science Education

Thesis Adviser

Lydia S. Roleda

Defense Panel Chair

Voltaire M. Mistades

Defense Panel Member

Maricar S. Prudente
Jaime C. Caballero
Voltaire M. Mistades


Creativity plays a vital role in ensuring active participation and student engagement in school assessments. Different creative play approaches have been introduced, but mostly these were applied in the primary year. This paper then introduces the Science C.A.T. program which aims to bridge in the gaps in the expected intended learning outcomes (ILO) on Modern Physics Concepts for grades 10, 11 and 12 physics students. The games in the program are the Rutherford Ball Toss Game (RBTG), Hidden Shapes Game (HSG) and the Radioactive Journey Board Game (RJBG). The gaps to be filled were based on the ILOs and each game was designed to enhance the following skills: conceptual understanding; analysis of evidence from given data; interpretation of symbols and equations; problem solving skills; and confidence in answering test questions. This paper utilizes the normalized gain and effect size in analyzing quantitative data. The qualitative data were gathered from interviews with the students and the teacher observer. A Cohens d = 63.1349 was seen from the comparison of the pre-test and post-test, denoting a high level of difference. Highest normalized gain = 0.5 was achieved by the RJBG on enhancing problem solving skills. The number of attempts made by the students increased. Lowest gains were measured on the conceptual understanding of the concepts presented from each game. 13 out of 21 students increased in attempts of answering the questions. From the responses of the students, it was shown that the non-traditional and competitive nature of the program made it an effective tool in teaching modern physics to the student participants.

Abstract Format






Accession Number


Shelf Location

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

Physical Description

1 computer disc ; 4 3/4 in.


Physics--study and teaching--Philippines; Creative teaching--Philippines

This document is currently not available here.