A study of the effectiveness of the contextual approach to the teaching and learning statistics in the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)

Md Kamaruddin, Nafisah Kamariah and Wan Ahmad, Wan Mohd Rashid and Alias, Maizam and Che Him, Norziha and Md Nor, Maria Elena and Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rasid and Esa, Ahmad (2011) A study of the effectiveness of the contextual approach to the teaching and learning statistics in the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). Other thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.

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Abstract

Inaccurate concept in statistics contributes to the assumption by the students that statistics do not relate to the real world and is not relevant to the engineering field. Since the introduction of technology in the teaching and learning, there are universities who introduced learning statistics using statistics lab activities. However, the learning is more on the learning how to use software and not to enhance the knowledge in statistics. The purpose of this research is to study the effectiveness of technology in the teaching and learning engineering statistics contextually. This study will investigate the effectiveness of the teaching and learning engineering using contextual approach. The teaching and learning contextually using statistics video clips embedded in power point, class activities using statistics lab with SPSS software are used in order to understand the statistics concepts. In this research, combining methods is used. This research use qualitative research to find the perspectives of the respondents as to answer research question 1 and 2, and this research also use quasi-experiment as to answer research question 3 and 4 in investigating effectiveness of the contextual learning. Solomon's Four-Group Design was used where the students were divided into four groups: 2 control groups and 2 treated groups. The research instruments consisted of a structured interview, two sets of statistical lab activities assignments, a set of questionnaire, a pre-test and a posttest and the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ). From Research Question 1 which is "Does the statistics video clips embedded in power point presentations in learning statistics helps students to understand the statistics concepts?", the contextual group gave more positive responses compare to the noncontextual group. From Research Question 2 which is "Does the mathematical lab using SPSS in learning statistics helps students to understand the statistics concepts?" the contextual group gave positive more responses compare to the noncontextual group. From Research Question 3 which is "1s there any statistical significant difference in the level of motivation in cIass between the contextual with the non-contextual groups?", the contextual group were more motivated compared to the non-contextual group. From the MSLQ, the overall mean for Section 2 (contextual) is 3.8955 compared to and Section 6 (non-contextual) which is 3.5264. From Research Question 4 which is "Is there any significant difference between the students achievement in the post-test of the contextual group with the non-contextual group?", the contextual group perform better than the non-contextual group. There is significant diEerent and the mean of Contextual Group (Section 2) is 38.63 from the full mark of 50 while the Non-contextual Group (Section 6) is 28.589. The treated group, which is the contextual group, did better than the non-contextual group. This research has focused on the teaching and learning engineering statistics contextually for the engineering students in Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. This research has identified that teaching and learning engineering students contextually were abIe to motivate and perform better in their test.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA273 Probabilities. Mathematical statistics
ID Code:6876
Deposited By:Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Deposited On:07 May 2015 14:44
Last Modified:07 May 2015 14:44

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