SA Journal of Education, Vol 35, No 4 (2015)

Can a Multimedia Tool Help Students’ Learning Performance in Complex Biology Subjects?

Pinar Koseoglu, Akın Efendioglu


The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of multimedia-based biology teaching (Mbio) and teacher-centered
biology (TCbio) instruction approaches on learners’ biology achievements, as well as their views towards learning
approaches. During the research process, an experimental design with two groups, TCbio (n = 22) and Mbio (n = 26), were
used. The results of the study proved that the Mbio approach was more effective than the TCbio approach with regard to
supporting meaningful learning, academic achievement, enjoyment and motivation. Moreover, the TCbio approach is
ineffective in terms of time management, engaging attention, and the need for repetition of subjects. Additionally, the results
were discussed in terms of teaching, learning, multimedia design as well as biology teaching/learning.


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