Effect of study group on grade 9 students’ achievement in solving trigonometric problems

2018 IJRSE – Volume 7 Issue 4


Gurat, Melanie*
Saint Mary’s University, Philippines (melanie.gurat@yahoo.com)

Sagun, Mary Joy
Saint Mary’s University, Philippines (maryjoysagun25@yahoo.com)


Trigonometry serves as an important precursor to calculus as well as college level courses. However, a possible factor that affects students from learning is teachers’ strategies in teaching. Several studies reveal that cooperative learning such as study group can increase achievement of students in mathematics. This study focused on the effects of study groups on the grade 9 students’ achievement in trigonometric problems. It sought to identify the achievement of the students in problem solving before and after the interventions and to compare the interventions, the group taught with study groups and taught with the existing method. The study used true experimental design particularly pretest-posttest control group design. The study was analyzed through frequency count and percentage of scores, Wilcoxon rank test, and t-test for independents samples. The subjects of the study were the Grade 9 students in a public high school in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. The results revealed that majority of the students’ achievements increased. Moreover, the intervention with a study group and the existing method can improve the students’ performance in solving trigonometric problems. Furthermore, the result suggests that study group method was more effective than the existing method.

Keywords: cooperative learning; existing method; problem solving; mathematics education; students’ performance


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2017.1872

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