Mr. R. Elaigwu, Dr. A. O. Agbo-Egwu and Dr. M. T. Abari
Department of Mathematics Education, Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
This study investigated the Effect of Algebrator Software Instructional Approach on Senior Secondary School Students’ Achievement and Retention in Quadratic Equations in Otukpo Local Government Area, Benue State. The study was carried out in Otukpo local government area, Benue State, Nigeria. The study adopted quasi-experimental of non-equivalent group research design, precisely non-randomized pre-test post-test control group design and multistage sampling techniques was used to select a sample of 90 senior secondary Two (SS11) students. Two schools were assigned to experimental and control group by the use of simple random sampling technique. The experimental group was taught quadratic equations using Algebrator instructional strategy while the control group was taught the same concept using conventional methods. The data required for the study were collected using Quadratic Equation Achievement Test (QEAT) and Quadratic Equation Retention Test (QERT). The instrument had reliability coefficient of 0.89 determined using Kuder-Richardson formula 20 (KR-20). The study was guided by four research questions and four hypotheses. Answers to the research questions were given using mean and standard deviation while the hypotheses were tested at 0.05 significant level using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). Results from the analysis revealed that students exposed to Algebrator software had higher achievement and retention than those taught with conventional teaching methods. Also, the achievement and retention scores of male and female students were not statistically significant. The study therefore recommended amongst others that training of Mathematics teachers on the use of Algebrator instructional strategy in their daily lessons especially in Quadratic equation with a view to making learning meaningful, relevant and interesting.
Keywords: Mathematics, Algebrator, Achievement, Retention, Quadratic Equations
How to Cite this Article:
Elaigwu, R., Agbo-Egwu, A. O. & Abari, M. T. (2023). Effect of Algebrator Software Instructional Approach on Senior Secondary School Students’ Achievement and Retention in Quadratic Equations in Otukpo Local Government Area, Benue State, Nigeria. VillageMath Educational Review (VER), 4(1), 58-69. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8351943