### Abstract

In this paper we share our experience of conducting a mathematics camp to a group of 16-years-old school students. This camp is special since throughout their learning history, the students, like most school students in Malaysia, are only exposed to the academic side of mathematics. By this we mean the emphasis given by the school is only on academic achievement measured by the string of A's in the examination results. Of course in order to achieve this, the preferred mode of teaching and learning is geared towards drill and practice. None of the students from this group have experienced 'outdoor' mathematics as to be given in this camp. The camp which consisted of several hands-on activities and done in small groups was conducted outdoors in a very relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere. The activities aimed at introducing several areas of mathematics such as group theory and number theory and their relevance to our everyday live. One niche activity which is considered as ethno-centric was also conducted. Indeed it exposed to the students the mathematical elements in the Malay culture. At the end of the camp questionnaires were distributed to the students to gauge their reaction to this mode of learning. A chi-squared test conducted showed that there was no relationship between students' understanding on the mathematics camp's module with their streams, hence the modules are applicable to both pure science and social science stream. In all, students were satisfied with the overall conduct of the mathematics camp, where they felt that this camp was very useful and helped improve their mathematical skills and knowledge.

Original language | English |
---|---|

Title of host publication | Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences |

Pages | 338-343 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Volume | 8 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2010 |

Event | International Conference on Mathematics Education Research 2010, ICMER 2010 - Malacca, Malaysia Duration: 13 Dec 2010 → 14 Dec 2010 |

### Other

Other | International Conference on Mathematics Education Research 2010, ICMER 2010 |
---|---|

Country | Malaysia |

City | Malacca |

Period | 13/12/10 → 14/12/10 |

### Fingerprint

### Keywords

- Experienced learning
- Fun learning
- Mathematics camp
- Outdoor mathematics

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Social Sciences(all)
- Psychology(all)

### Cite this

*Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences*(Vol. 8, pp. 338-343) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.12.047

**Exposing the fun side of mathematics via mathematics camp.** / Md. Noorani, Mohd. Salmi; Ismail, Eddie Shahril; Salleh, Abdul Razak; Rambely, Azmin Sham; Mamat, Nur Jumaadzan Zaleha; Muda, Nora; Hashim, Ishak; Majid, Noriza.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution

*Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences.*vol. 8, pp. 338-343, International Conference on Mathematics Education Research 2010, ICMER 2010, Malacca, Malaysia, 13/12/10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.12.047

}

TY - GEN

T1 - Exposing the fun side of mathematics via mathematics camp

AU - Md. Noorani, Mohd. Salmi

AU - Ismail, Eddie Shahril

AU - Salleh, Abdul Razak

AU - Rambely, Azmin Sham

AU - Mamat, Nur Jumaadzan Zaleha

AU - Muda, Nora

AU - Hashim, Ishak

AU - Majid, Noriza

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - In this paper we share our experience of conducting a mathematics camp to a group of 16-years-old school students. This camp is special since throughout their learning history, the students, like most school students in Malaysia, are only exposed to the academic side of mathematics. By this we mean the emphasis given by the school is only on academic achievement measured by the string of A's in the examination results. Of course in order to achieve this, the preferred mode of teaching and learning is geared towards drill and practice. None of the students from this group have experienced 'outdoor' mathematics as to be given in this camp. The camp which consisted of several hands-on activities and done in small groups was conducted outdoors in a very relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere. The activities aimed at introducing several areas of mathematics such as group theory and number theory and their relevance to our everyday live. One niche activity which is considered as ethno-centric was also conducted. Indeed it exposed to the students the mathematical elements in the Malay culture. At the end of the camp questionnaires were distributed to the students to gauge their reaction to this mode of learning. A chi-squared test conducted showed that there was no relationship between students' understanding on the mathematics camp's module with their streams, hence the modules are applicable to both pure science and social science stream. In all, students were satisfied with the overall conduct of the mathematics camp, where they felt that this camp was very useful and helped improve their mathematical skills and knowledge.

AB - In this paper we share our experience of conducting a mathematics camp to a group of 16-years-old school students. This camp is special since throughout their learning history, the students, like most school students in Malaysia, are only exposed to the academic side of mathematics. By this we mean the emphasis given by the school is only on academic achievement measured by the string of A's in the examination results. Of course in order to achieve this, the preferred mode of teaching and learning is geared towards drill and practice. None of the students from this group have experienced 'outdoor' mathematics as to be given in this camp. The camp which consisted of several hands-on activities and done in small groups was conducted outdoors in a very relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere. The activities aimed at introducing several areas of mathematics such as group theory and number theory and their relevance to our everyday live. One niche activity which is considered as ethno-centric was also conducted. Indeed it exposed to the students the mathematical elements in the Malay culture. At the end of the camp questionnaires were distributed to the students to gauge their reaction to this mode of learning. A chi-squared test conducted showed that there was no relationship between students' understanding on the mathematics camp's module with their streams, hence the modules are applicable to both pure science and social science stream. In all, students were satisfied with the overall conduct of the mathematics camp, where they felt that this camp was very useful and helped improve their mathematical skills and knowledge.

KW - Experienced learning

KW - Fun learning

KW - Mathematics camp

KW - Outdoor mathematics

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=78651228205&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=78651228205&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.12.047

DO - 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.12.047

M3 - Conference contribution

VL - 8

SP - 338

EP - 343

BT - Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences

ER -