Attitudes and problem-solving skills in algebra among Malaysian matriculation college students

Effandi Zakaria, Normah Yusoff

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The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes and problem solving skills of Malaysian matriculation college students. The study examined whether there were differences in attitudes towards solving algebra problems and problem solving skills in algebra based on gender and course of study. The sample consisted of 436 matriculation college students: 155 males and 281 females. Two instruments were used to gather data: a problem-solving test in algebra and a questionnaire on attitudes towards solving algebra problems. The data were analyzed using a t-test and one way ANOVA. The findings showed that matriculation students had moderately favorable attitudes towards algebra problem solving. There were no significant differences in attitudes and problem-solving skills based on gender. However, the findings indicate that there were significant differences in attitudes--specifically, with regard to self-confidence--and problem solving skills between students in different courses of study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-245
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

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Keywords

  • Algebra
  • Attitude
  • Matriculation college
  • Problem-solving skill

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Attitudes and problem-solving skills in algebra among Malaysian matriculation college students. / Zakaria, Effandi; Yusoff, Normah.

In: European Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 2, 04.2009, p. 232-245.

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