The Influence of Multimedia Supported Courseware with Collaborative Learning in Algebraic Fractions and Problem Solving Skills among Pre-University Students

Sazali Khalid, Maizam Alias, Wahid Razzaly, Zurinah Suradi

Abstract


A strong understanding in elementary mathematics played an important factor in progressing in higher semesters in the learning life of a university engineering student. This paper tries to describe the contribution of an interactive multimedia courseware CD with Collaborative Learning (CDiCL) principles in the learning of algebraic fractions among pre-engineering students in a polytechnic, Malaysia. The research method used was quasi-experimental plus participant observation. Four different groups of students ( n=137) were used. Control, Collaborative Learning only group, CD only group and CDiCL group. Pre and Post Test were used to collect primer data. Quantitative data analysis showed that CDiCL group scored the highest while CL group scored the least. This paper will only focus on the influence of using CDiCL towards this learning through the analysis of the interview protocol and the error exhibited in the answer scripts of an important test within the syllabus of the polytechnic education. Semi-structured interviews and transciption were used to triangulate the quantitative findings from the above Pre and Post Test results.

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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