Effect of Concept Mapping and Gender on Students’ Academic Achievement in Physics in Calabar Education Zone of Cross River State, Nigeria

Agube, C. C.; Ntibi, J. E. E. & Neji, H. A.


The study investigated the effect of concept mapping strategy on academic achievement of 349 SSI Physics students. Two research questions and two hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The study adopted a pretest, posttest, non-equivalent, control group quasi-experimental research design. Data collected using Physics Achievement Test (PAT) were analysed using ANCOVA statistics, with hypotheses tested at 0.05 probability level. Results of the study indicated a positive effect of concept mapping on students’ achievement, as mean achievement score of students in the experimental group taught through concept mapping was higher than the mean score of students in the control group taught using lecture method. It also showed a significant difference in the mean scores of male and female students taught Physics using concept mapping strategy. Based on these findings, it was recommended that concept mapping should be adopted by physics teachers in secondary schools.

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