THE LAKATOSIAN HEURISTIC METHOD OF TEACHING AND STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT OF HIGHER ORDER THINKING IN GEOMETRY

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

MENON ©online Journal Of Educational Research, 4th Issue, April 2017, University of Western Macedonia - Faculty of Education, Issue 4, Florina, Greece, p.34 (2017)

Keywords:

Cyprus secondary school, higher order thinking, Lakatosian heuristic method, surface area of a cone

Abstract:

This paper reports a main study on the effect of using the Lakatosian heuristic method to teach the surface area of a cone (SAC) on students’ achievement according to Bloom’s taxonomy levels. Two groups of students (the experimental and the control groups) participated in the study. The experimental group (n=98) was taught using the Lakatosian heuristic method while the control group (n=100) was taught using the Euclidean deductive method.  Both groups were given a pre-test, a post-test and a delayed test.  Data analysis using two-way Anova shows that both groups increased their scores within times (Pre-to Post and Delayed test). However, the experimental group scored higher than the control group within all times and also displayed more positive higher order thinking than the control group. It was concluded that the Lakatosian heuristic method will most likely help students to learn the SAC better than the Euclidean method

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