The study was designed to find out the effect of selected games on pupils’ achievement in reading. The study adopted a non-equivalent control group quasi-experimental design in which three research questions were posed and three null hypotheses were tested. The population of the study comprised 4,850 primary 2 pupils in the 29 primary schools in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State. A total number of 60 (boys and girls) primary two pupils were randomly sampled from two primary schools in Asaba. A structured questionnaire titled “Word Recognition Achievement Test (WORAT)” was developed by the researcher which guided the study. The reliability of the instrument was determined, using K-R 20 (Kudar Richardson).

This gave an overall score of 0.76. The regular classroom teachers in the schools sampled were used as research assistants. The schools were purposively assigned to the experimental and control groups. The three research questions were analyzed using mean and Standard Deviation, while Analysis of Variance was used to test the null hypotheses at a 0.05 level of significance. An overview of the overall results showed that pupils taught using the games teaching method obtained a higher mean achievement score than those taught with the conventional method, female pupils in the experimental group had a higher mean achievement score than their male counterparts, though the difference was not statically significant and that gender has a significant effect on the mean achievement scores of pupils exposed to games and conventional teaching methods.

Based on the findings of the study, the researcher recommends among others that; teacher preparation institutions should incorporate game teaching methods in the relevant areas of their curriculums units and expose both pre-service and in-service teachers to the use of game reading methods to enhance teaching and learning. Judging from the findings of the study, limitations of the study were identified and suggestions for further studies were made.



Background of the Study

Education is an instrument “per excellence” for effecting national development. This statement indicates the importance of Education to every Nigerian citizen, which begins at the primary level of education. This is the bedrock of education. Primary education is the Education for children aged six to eleven plus. This level of education has among its goals, the inculcation of permanent literacy and numeracy and the ability to communicate effectively (Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004;14). At this level of education, the medium of communication is the language of the immediate environment. Ogbuchi, (2003), sees language as the expression of ideas by means of speech sounds combined into sentences, and its combination leads to ideas and thoughts. She goes further to describe it as a process that an idea passes through before meaning is achieved while Trager (2001), describes language as a system of arbitrary vocal symbols by means of which a social group co-operates. Language therefore can be defined as a means of expressing thoughts and ideas between two or more persons.

Language has been a major factor in learning in Nigeria. The National Policy on Education (FRN, 2004), recommended L1 and L2 as the language of instruction for both the lower and upper primary school level. Manuel (1998), claims, that for children to be able to understand, critique and learn from spoken information, which is as necessary as the ability to read and write.

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