Effectiveness of Using Elaboration Theory in Teaching Mathematics to Develop Academic Achievement and Critical Thinking For Primary Students in Oman

Abdelkader Mohamed Elsayed

Abstract


The study aimed to formulate the content of mathematics curriculum at the level of primary school students according to the elaboration theory, and measure the effectiveness of this mathematics content to develop the academic achievement and critical thinking skills. The study sample comprised (119) students in the fifth grade from Almanahl School in Salalah city of Dhofar Governorate, and were randomly divided into two groups. The first group was the experimental group (60 Students) and the other one was the control group (59 Students). Data were collected via the tests of achievement and critical thinking for the sample in geometric and measurement unit. The study was carried out in 25 times during 5 weeks. Data were analyzed using means, standard divisions, and T test. The study concluded that there was a significant difference at (0.05) between the academic achievement of the experimental group and that of the control group in favor of the experimental group, and there was a significant difference at (0.05) between the critical thinking skills of the experimental group and those of the control group in favor of the experimental group. In light of the results, the study recommended preparing the content of mathematics curriculum at the basic stage of education in accordance with the elaboration theory, and improving the mathematics teachers’ performance to develop critical thinking skills for their students.


Keywords


Teaching Strategy, Elaboration Theory, Critical Thinking Skills, Teaching Mathematics, Primary Stage.

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