n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Group learning, gender, mathematical ability and students' mapwork skills

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Group learning strategies are now very common and it's been experimented in Nigeria. Again, gender issues and mathematical ability are still variables of research interest all over the world, and especially in Africa. This study, therefore, determined the effects of group learning strategies, gender, mathematical ability on students' mapwork skills. The main instruments used to collect data was Mapwork Skills Test (MAST). However in order to determine students mathematical ability level, Mathematical Ability Test (MAT=0.95) was administered on the participants and this was used to group them into ability levels. Eight schools were purposively selected in Ibadan metropolis and were randomly assigned to treatment. Data collected before and after the treatment were subjected to analyses. The results show that there was a statistically significant main effect of treatment on students' mapwork skills. But there were no statistically significant interaction effects of treatment, gender and mathematical ability across the dependent measure. It was therefore recommended that group learning strategies be fully integrated into the curriculum and be utilized to the point of making no difference in students' mathematical ability and gender in our schools.

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