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Article Published In Vol.3 (May-June-2015)

Instructional Medium and its Effect on Students’ Mathematics Achievement

Author : Ramona M. Launio

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The need to connect with students is necessary to successfully transfer learning. Thus, the medium of instruction plays a role. Success in mathematics is also influenced by the medium of instruction used inside the class. It is on this premise that the researcher wanted to look into the relative effects of the use of pure English (Control) and the use of English supplemented with Hiligaynon (Experimental) as the medium of instruction in the teaching of mathematics. Specifically, it aimed to determine the level of mathematics achievement fourth year students when two different mediums of instruction were used. It also evaluated the level of significance the significance of the difference between the mean achievement scores of the experimental and the control groups. The study was limited to the comparative effects of two mediums of instruction: using pure English, and using English supplemented with Hiligaynon in teaching mathematics. The subjects of the study were fifty fourth year high school students studying circular functions, and trigonometry and statistics. The results show that respondents’ mathematics performance at the start of the study was low but progressed to average” in the posttest after they were exposed to bilingual instruction. The experimental group was more homogeneous in term of their scores in the posttest. It was also found that teaching mathematics in English supplemented with Hiligaynon is better than teaching the subject in English only, thus, students learn better when taught in bilingual.

Keywords: Instructional Medium, Mathematics Achievement etc.

 

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