Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Problem based learning in biology: Its effect on achievement motivation of students of 9th standard
Author(s): Preeti Thakur, Dr. Sunil Dutt
Abstract: The study was undertaken to find out the effect of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Biology on achievement motivation of students of class ninth studying in government schools of Chandigarh. A sample of 200 students was selected randomly from two schools. Experimental group comprising hundred students received the instruction by Problem Based Learning while the control group comprising hundred students received biology instruction by traditional teaching method. The data was collected via the pre- test and post-test administration of Achievement Motivation Scale. The results were statistically analyzed using SPSS software by employing both descriptive and inferential statistics (t-test). Results indicated that (i) the Problem Based Learning group significantly showed high level of achievement motivation than the students of control group, (ii) Significant and positive co-relation was found between pre and post achievement motivation scores, and (iii) Significant difference was found in the gain achievement motivation scores of students taught through problem based learning. Thus, problem based learning positively impacted achievement motivation level of the students.