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    Which is the superior method of teaching?

    I am not a maths teacher so have no idea how to work this out. I used two methods of teaching (A and B) to teach my 70 students.

    I then asked the students 50 multiple choice questions on material taught with each method; each question had 5 possible responses.

    The total number of correct responses from students who were taught with method A was 3149. (out of a possible 3500 correct responses if each student had obtained the correct answer to each question)

    The total number of correct responses from students who were taught with method B was 2449.

    Is this more than chance or can I say that one method of teaching is superior to the other? How can I give this statistical meaning?

    If anybody can help I would be most grateful.
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    I am learning math and definitely not an expert. This is just my opinion. Someone please check it out!

    Looking at these numbers, I would say that method A is better than method B, the percentage of getting a right answer for A is 3149/3500, and B is only 2499/3500. A is higher, so method A is a better way to teach! Right???!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lachandjim View Post
    I am not a maths teacher so have no idea how to work this out. I used two methods of teaching (A and B) to teach my 70 students.

    I then asked the students 50 multiple choice questions on material taught with each method; each question had 5 possible responses.

    The total number of correct responses from students who were taught with method A was 3149. (out of a possible 3500 correct responses if each student had obtained the correct answer to each question)

    The total number of correct responses from students who were taught with method B was 2449.

    Is this more than chance or can I say that one method of teaching is superior to the other? How can I give this statistical meaning?

    If anybody can help I would be most grateful.
    Well, i don't think it is that simple. there are several other factors that can affect how students perform. also, how did you split up the class. if you did not do this in an appropriate way, it could simply mean that there were more bright students in group A than there were in B. so it may even be possible for those students to do better even though they might have been taught with an inferior method. also, how the tests are structured can be taken into consideration. did both groups take the same test? there are many variables to consider.

    that being said, it is likely that method A is better, judging by the mere gap in the scores. A whole 700-point difference! that means on average, students did a whole 20% better in group A than in group B. what are the chances of that?! if this was the same test, i think that's a good indicator that A is the better method. but as i said, you can make this more accurate by considering other factors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathhomework View Post
    I am learning math and definitely not an expert. This is just my opinion. Someone please check it out!

    Looking at these numbers, I would say that method A is better than method B, the percentage of getting a right answer for A is 3149/3500, and B is only 2499/3500. A is higher, so method A is a better way to teach! Right???!!
    No, it's not that simple. The first paragraph of post #3 gives some of the reasons why.
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