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Volume 11 : 2 February 2011
ISSN 1930-2940

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Impact of Project Based Method on Performance of Students

Fazalur Rahman, Ph.D.
Nabi Bux Jumani, Ph.D.
Muhammad Ajmal, Ph.D.
Nazoora Kiran, M.Phil., Ph.D. Candidate


The study was aimed to investigate the effectiveness of project method in teaching mathematics at secondary school level in Pakistan. For this purpose a review of literature was undertaken to describe the nature of project method and lecture method.

The main objective of the study was to examine the impact of project method on the performance of students in mathematics in Pakistan. It was an experimental research and was conducted in the model colleges for girls Islamabad. Pre-test, post-test design was used in the study. 40 students participated in the study. Students were equally divided into control and experimental group. Experimental group was taught with project method along with lecture while control group was taught with lecture method.

The results of post-test revealed that students taught with project method performed better than students taught by lecture method. The study recommended that project method may be adopted in teaching of mathematics. It was also recommended that project method may be included in the teacher training curriculum.

Key words: Project method; performance in mathematics; impact; experimental study

Literature Review

The philosophy of mathematics program in classes IX and X is reflected in its goals, as provided for in the national curriculum of secondary level in Pakistan. The goal is to provide the students with the information and skills necessary for advanced work in mathematics and the sciences, and the information and skills necessary to become sensible and responsible individuals in a highly technological society of the 21st century.

Objectives of Teaching Mathematics at Secondary Level

1. To enable students to acquire understating of concepts of Mathematics and to apply them to the problems of the world they live in.
2. To provide the students with sound basis for specialization in Mathematics at higher stages or to apply it in scientific and technical fields.
3. To enable the students to reason consistently, to draw correct conclusions for given hypotheses; and to inculcate in them a habit of examining any situation critically and analytically.
4. To enable the students to communicate their thoughts through symbolic expressions and graphs.
5. To develop sense of distinction between relevant and irrelevant data.
6. To give the students basic understanding and awareness of the power of mathematics in generalization and abstraction.
7. To foster in students the spirit of exploration and discovery.

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Fazalur Rahman, Ph.D.
Department of Early Childhood Education & Elementary Teacher Education
Allama Iqbal Open University
44000 Islamabad

Nabi Bux Jumani, Ph.D.
Department of Education
International Islamic University
<44000 Islamabad /> Pakistan

Muhammad Ajmal, Ph.D.
Department of Distance & Non-formal Education
Allama Iqbal Open University
44000 Islamabad

Nazoora Kiran, M.Phil., Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Secondary teacher Education
Allama Iqbal Open University
44000 Islamabad

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