The use of group work in the teaching of grade 9 mathematics
This study investigated the use of group work in the teaching of Grade 9 Mathematics in Botshabelo Cluster. The learners' involvement in learning in groups, time management of educators for activities done by learners, and group management were also examined. The subject of the study included 10% of Grade 9 learners in each Senior Phase School in Botshabelo Cluster in Mafikeng APO, North-West Province. A total of 80 Grade 9 learners and a total of 7 Grade 9 Mathematics educators participated in the study. A survey method was used in this study. The questionnaires for learners and educators, class observation and interview for educators were administered to investigate the use of group work in the teaching of Grade 9 Mathematics. A four-point scale:- strongly disagree/disagree/ agree/strongly agree was used in section B for both educators and learners, and a five-point scale:- not at all (I)/ very little (2)/ a little (3)/ a lot ( 4)/ a very great deal (5) for class observation of educators was used for the choice of both educators and learners on the use of group work. From the research analysis, it was found out that group work could be used in the teaching of Mathematics even though the educators encountered problems in using it. Educators understand the usefulness of group work in teaching Mathematics. Although group work cannot be used all the time the educators affirm the importance of group work. Some learners also agree that group work is better than other learning strategies because it improves their learning and understanding of Mathematics concepts. Group work is used to help develop learners to be responsible and accountable, as well as to be able to manage their time effectively. Group work is a strategy that has been identified to increase learning achievement and participation in activities. Learners are grouped towards achieving a common goal for an activity and this motivates learners to be responsible for their tasks.
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