Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Jose Gutierrez

Second Advisor

Dr. Roberto Gregorious

Third Advisor

Dr. Banglin Chen


This study examines the effect of flash animation on learning effectiveness. The main goal of the study was to verify if using flash animation on learning chemistry concepts particularly Chemistry TAKS Objective 4 (9D) will have an impact on students learning achievement. The subjects in this study were 10th grade students from PSJA Memorial High School. Two class sections were randomly assigned as the treatment group each with 20 subjects (n=40) and another two class sections were assigned as the control group (n=40). The treatment group was exposed to flash animation while the control group had the traditional lecture type of teaching method. Pre-test and post test were both administered to the treatment and control groups in order to assess the students' learning achievement. Paired t-tests were used to compare differences in pre-test and post test scores of each group. Both the treatment group and the control group had significant gains in the pre-test and post test means which indicated that learning was acquired. The independent t-test used to analyze differences in the pre- test scores between the control and the treatment group revealed no significant difference which shows that both groups were initially of the same level. The independent t-test used to analyze differences in post test scores revealed that there was no significant difference in the post test means scores between the treatment group and the control group.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Chemistry Commons