The Effect of Modified Homework on Achievement of Students of 8the Grade in Mathematics and theis Attitudes Toward in Jericho Area Schools

Discussion Committee: 
Salah Yassin/supervisor
Dr. Mou'en Jaber/external examiner
Dr. Wajeeh Thaher/internal examiner
Salah Yassin/supervisor
Kawther Abdelqader Mohammad Bsharat
The Effect of Using Homework Modified Assignments on the Achievements of Elementary School Pupils in Mathematics in Jericho Governorate and students' attitudes toward homework This study aims to exploring the effect of using a modified homework on the eighth grade students' achievement in mathematics of the Elementary Schools in Jericho Governorate, and how the levels of thinking in Bloom's Taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension ,and application, high thinking levels), will be affected by homework. In addition to, this study investigated students' attitudes toward homework in mathematics. The problem of the study has been limited for to answering the following questions: - What is the effect of using homework on students' achievement in mathematics according to low levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (knowledge, understanding, and application, high thinking)? - What are students' attitudes toward homework in Jericho governorate schools? The population of the study included all Eighth Grades at government Schools in Jericho Governorate. A sample of (54) students (females) from the Eighth Grade from Jericho Girls' School in Jericho Governorate in the First Semester (2014 - 2015). The sample was randomly chosen and divided into two groups: Experimental group which was taken from section (A) and for the control group the was taken from section (B). The experimental group consisted of twenty-seven (27 female students. These students have been taught the learning mathematics material by using homework. The control group consisted of twenty-seven (27) students. These students have been taught the mathematics material by using the traditional method without giving them homework. The achievement test was prepared after the preparation and reviewing the learning material. Six lessons from eighth grade mathematics book were analyzed. This analysis includes aims, methods, specification table and mathematics homework which is prepared according to Bloom's various levels (knowledge, understanding and application, high thinking levels). The teaching material, the homework and the math achievement tests have been given the jury who are specialized and experienced to test the validity of the study instrument. The researcher has also used (Spearman Brown Equation) to calculate the stability of the test, which was (0.84), and this is a good value that achieves the aims of the study. This study has been applied on the sample and the results of the math achievement test have been treated by using statistical packages for the social science in order to identify the effect of using homework on the Eighth Grade students' mathematics achievement in the syllabus of the Mathematics according the various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (knowledge, understanding, application, high thinking levels). For the second instrument, the researcher was developed a questionnaire so as to accomplish the study goals . The results of study have shown that there is a significant success in the achievement of mathematics post-test at the knowledge level, understanding level, application level and at the high thinking levels (according to Bloom's Taxonomy) in favor at the experimental group in mathematics , They have also shown that students held positive attitudes toward homework. In light of the study results, the research recommends that there is a necessity for using different kinds of homework according to Bloom's Taxonomy of different levels (knowledge, understanding, application, high thinking) in teaching the basic stages in Jericho Governorate to increase the achievement levels in mathematics . She also recommends and carrying out further studies to search more in homework and its efficiency, and that homework should be varied for the reinforcement of positive attitudes among students with good and excellent achievement
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