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Adoption of Wxmaxima software in the classroom: effect on students' motivation and learning of mathematics


Mohd Ayub, Ahmad Fauzi and Ahmad Tarmizi, Rohani and Abu Bakar, Kamariah and Wong, Su Luan (2014) Adoption of Wxmaxima software in the classroom: effect on students' motivation and learning of mathematics. Malaysian Journal of Mathematical Sciences, 8 (2). pp. 311-323. ISSN 1823-8343; ESSN: 2289-750X


This study investigates the effect of usage of an open-source software, WxMaxima, on students’ achievement in calculus scores and their motivation towards learning mathematics using the software. The study involved of 62 secondary school students (32 in the treatment group, 30 in the control group) in a Malaysian school. ANCOVA analysis showed that that the group with access to WxMaxima achieved significantly better test scores as compared with the group which followed the traditional teaching method. Students in the treatment group were also better motivated towards learning mathematics; they were more attentive and showed more confidence in learning calculus. However, there was no significant difference in terms of ‘satisfaction’ in learning mathematics between the two groups. The results from this study suggest that the integration of computer technology in the teaching and learning of calculus and of mathematics in general was generally beneficial.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Institute for Mathematical Research
Publisher: Institute for Mathematical Research, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Open source software; WxMaxima; Mathematics; Calculus; Motivation
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2015 13:44
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015 13:44
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/38949
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