The Acquisition of Students' Life Skills through Computerized Mathematics Curriculum at Discovery Schools in Jordan

Hala Alshawa

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of using computerized curriculum in teaching mathematics on students' learning life skills. The sample consisted of (98) students from 9th graders at discovery and regular schools in Jordan. The sample was distributed into two groups. The experimental group consisted of 24 female and 24 male 9th graders and the control group consisted of 24 female and 26 male ninth grades. The participants studied math one period daily of length (45 minutes) during the first semester of 2009/2010. Content validity was established by distributing the instrument to experts from the faculty of Educational Sciences. The reliability of the instrument was assessed by using Cronbach's Alpha. The reliability coefficient was (0.87) over all the measure. The results of data analysis indicated that students in the experimental group statistically improved their life skills abilities in comparison with the control group. The results also indicated that the females in the experimental group scored significantly higher in the dimensions of communication skills, social skills, and psychological skills than the males, while the males in the experimental group scored significantly higher in the thinking skills dimension.

Keywords


Technology, Discovery Schools, Mathematics, Life Skills

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