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An Investigation into the Use of Concept Cartoons in the Teaching of “Metals and the Reactivity Series” at the Secondary Level

  • Hiteyeshi Lallbeeharry
  • Fawzia B. Narod
Conference paper

Abstract

The present study was designed in an attempt to promote argumentation, and to enhance students’ engagement and understanding during the teaching of “Metals and the Reactivity Series” by making use of concept cartoons. The research was carried out in a Girls’ State Secondary School situated in the North of Mauritius. The sample comprised 35 Form III students (age 13–14 years), who were in the third year of secondary schooling. The study was based on an action research, during which concept cartoons were used in the teaching of “Metals and the Reactivity Series”. Four different data-collection tools were used during the study, namely, observation checklists, students’ achievement tests, students’ questionnaire, and a semi-structured interview. Our findings have revealed that the use of concept cartoons in the teaching of “Metals and the Reactivity Series” has promoted both teacher-student and student-student interactions. Moreover, concept cartoons have proved to be very effective in eliciting students’ interest, and in motivating them to participate during the lessons through discussions and argumentations. Most importantly, our findings have clearly indicated that concept cartoons can serve as stepping stones to improve students’ understanding and performance by helping teachers to identify their problems and misconceptions. It has also been found that concept cartoons depicting different viewpoints, or those including both correct and incorrect statements, have not only helped in engaging learners in argumentation, but have also promoted thinking. The study has also brought to light that it is important for teachers to include a gamut of statements, ranging from simple to more challenging ones, while designing concept cartoons in order to cater for students of different abilities. We also report here that concept cartoons can be used as teaching tools in conjunction with various strategies, like hands-on practical, demonstration, video-viewing and group work.

Keywords

Conceptual Understanding Classroom Teaching Science Classroom Achievement Test Reactivity Series 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sugar Industry Labour Welfare FundPort-LouisMauritius
  2. 2.Department of Science EducationMauritius Institute of EducationRéduitMauritius

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