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Assisting Pupils to Solve Linear Equations Involving the Variable


 

This study was to assist pupils of Asafoakye M/A J.H.S one in the Enchi District of the Western North Region in Ghana to use the Flag Diagram, Least Common Multiple and the Balancing Method to solve Linear Equations Involving one variable. The pupils were 36 in the class and a sample size of 30 was selected using the purposive sampling technique. These pupils were selected after a pre-intervention test was conducted and 30 pupils who performed abysmally were used for the project. The research sought to find answers to two research questions: What is the level of pupils’ knowledge in solving Linear Equation involving on variable? To what extent can pupils solve Linear Equations involving one variable using the Flag diagram, the Least Common Multiple method and the Balancing method after the intervention? The instruments used in collecting the data were test and observation. The research design adopted by the researcher was an action research which involved pre-intervention, intervention and post – intervention. One of the major findings discovered was that pupils can confidently use Flag Diagram, Least Common Multiple Method and the Balancing Method to solve any kind of Linear Equations involving one variable. The recommendation put forward by the researcher was the use of different approaches and varied models and methods should be adopted by teachers in the teaching and learning of mathematics especially at the Basic School Level.


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Flag diagram, least common multiple, balancing method, linear equations, models
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This study was to assist pupils of Asafoakye M/A J.H.S one in the Enchi District of the Western North Region in Ghana to use the Flag Diagram, Least Common Multiple and the Balancing Method to solve Linear Equations Involving one variable. The pupils were 36 in the class and a sample size of 30 was selected using the purposive sampling technique. These pupils were selected after a pre-intervention test was conducted and 30 pupils who performed abysmally were used for the project. The research sought to find answers to two research questions: What is the level of pupils’ knowledge in solving Linear Equation involving on variable? To what extent can pupils solve Linear Equations involving one variable using the Flag diagram, the Least Common Multiple method and the Balancing method after the intervention? The instruments used in collecting the data were test and observation. The research design adopted by the researcher was an action research which involved pre-intervention, intervention and post – intervention. One of the major findings discovered was that pupils can confidently use Flag Diagram, Least Common Multiple Method and the Balancing Method to solve any kind of Linear Equations involving one variable. The recommendation put forward by the researcher was the use of different approaches and varied models and methods should be adopted by teachers in the teaching and learning of mathematics especially at the Basic School Level.


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Flag diagram, least common multiple, balancing method, linear equations, models