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The Effect of Using Simple Equipment on the Acquisition of Plan Map Concepts in the Vocational Schools

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Author(s): Fathi-Azar, I.

Journal: Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education
ISSN 1305-8223

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 102;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Teaching Plan Map Concepts | Vocational Education.

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of using simple equipment on teachingplan map concepts as a main topic in a surveying course of vocational education. Six groups of students, enrolled inthe surveying course, were randomly selected and pre-tested to examine their experience on plan map concepts. Threegroups received traditional methods of teaching and used theodolite in plan map-making, while the other three usedsimple equipment as an extra fieldwork activity. At the end of the semester, all participants were post-tested. Asignificant difference was found between experimental and control groups on post-test scores. Also, there was asignificant difference between the two groups with respect to students’ high-level understanding of plan map concepts.The use of the simple equipment was strongly recommended in science and vocational schools to overcome somemain problems.
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