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The predictors of success of computer aided learning of pre-calculus algebra

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dc.contributor.advisor Mji, A. (Dr.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Bokhari, M.A. (Dr.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Wessels, D.C.J. (Prof.) en Yushau, Balarabe en 2009-08-25T10:56:44Z 2009-08-25T10:56:44Z 2009-08-25T10:56:44Z 2004-11-14 en
dc.identifier.citation Yushau, Balarabe (2009) The predictors of success of computer aided learning of pre-calculus algebra, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Mathematics achievement has been of great concern to researchers involved in mathematics education. This concern has resulted in research seeking to determine for example, the factors that positively or negatively contribute to student performance in mathematics. Many of the reported studies in the literature have investigated the factors within the context of mathematics teaching and learning in general. Very few studies have investigated the factors contributing to student achievement in mathematics when learning takes place in a computer aided environment. With the pervasiveness of computers in education in general, studies in this direction become imperative. The present study fills this gap in the literature by examining the extent to which selected variables (mathematics attitude, mathematics aptitude, computer attitude, computer prior experience, computer ownership, proficiency in language of instruction, and learning style) contribute to students' achievements in pre-calculus algebra classes that are supplemented with a computer lab program. The participants in the study were 120 students sampled from the population of students enrolled in the second pre-calculus algebra course at the preparatory year program of King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals during the 2003/2004 academic session. The instruments used to measure the study constructs were the mathematics attitude scale (Aiken, 1979), the computer attitudes scale (Loyd & Gressard, 1984a), and the learning styles questionnaire (Honey & Mumford, 1992). New instruments to measure computer prior experience and computer ownership were developed for the present study. Hypotheses formulated for the study were tested using multiple regression and other statistical techniques. The results show that mathematics aptitudes and English language proficiency are the most significant contributors to students' mathematics achievement. No other variables show statistically significant effects on students' achievement. Together, the selected variables explain more than 41 percent of the total variance of students' achievement. Theoretical and policy-making implications of the results are outlined and discussed. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 265 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Language of Instruction en
dc.subject Arabs en
dc.subject Bilingualism en
dc.subject English language proficiency en
dc.subject Computer prior experience en
dc.subject Computer ownership en
dc.subject Mathematics aptitude en
dc.subject Mathematics attitudes en
dc.subject Computer attitudes en
dc.subject Learning styles en
dc.subject Mathematics education en
dc.subject Computer aided learning en
dc.subject Predictor of success en
dc.subject Mathematics achievement en
dc.subject Technology en
dc.subject Pre-calculus en
dc.subject.ddc 515.0785
dc.subject.lcsh Calculus -- Computer-assisted instruction
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Saudi Arabia -- Dhahran
dc.subject.lcsh Computers and college students -- Saudi Arabia -- Dhahran
dc.subject.lcsh Prediction of scholastic success -- Saudi Arabia -- Dhahran
dc.subject.lcsh Jāmi`at al-Malik Fahd lil-Batrūl wa-al-Ma`ādin -- Entrance examinations
dc.title The predictors of success of computer aided learning of pre-calculus algebra en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Mathematical Sciences en D. Phil. (Mathematics, Science and Technology Education) en

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