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The changes in mathematics education curriculum for a technical university in Malaysia

Khalid, Mohd Sazali and Yamin, Sulaiman and Mohamad Asri, Siti Fadzlina (2013) The changes in mathematics education curriculum for a technical university in Malaysia. In: 5th International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (CoSMEd 2013), 11-14 November 2013, Penang, Malaysia .

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Abstract

Today mathematics is regarded as an ordinary subject like languages even though it is the main core subject in engineering discipline. With IT applications, learning mathematics becomes simpler, faster and widely accepted. Currently, in the University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) the total marks of the final mathematics examination comprised of 20% project done through group work. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate what the students had understood mathematics using experiential learning. The methodology used case studies of participants in a few statistics projects using 350 students (more than 60% girls) who were first year I.T. undergraduates within 3 months. A project was selected to determine why road users broke traffic rules. SPSS package was used to analyze descriptively and the participants confessed to enjoying social skills during data collection i.e., interviewing, designing, presenting and producing reports. As a result, delivering mathematics nowadays is quite different from 40 years ago.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering mathematics; statistics project; functional graduates; performance gap; PISA; TIMMS report
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA329-348 Engineering mathematics. Engineering analysis
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2013 00:52
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 07:55
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/4545
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