Fostering students' understanding in integral calculus through maple activities

Tuan Salwani Awang Salleh, Effandi Zakaria

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Abstract

Mathematics is a gateway to engineering technology courses. However, students choosing to enrol in engineering technology courses were found to be underprepared in this subject including integral calculus. Non-proficiency in mathematics affects students' understanding in other subjects, which will eventually delay the completion of their studies. Therefore, in this study, a new approach of teaching and learning integral calculus was carried out to enhance students' understanding in this topic. Technology integration was used due to its capability in distributing knowledge to diverse types of students. In order to investigate its effectiveness, a quasi-experimental non-equivalent comparison group design was employed. An achievement test and a questionnaire were used to gather information. The results indicated that the integration of Maple software in the learning of integral calculus was able to enhance students' understanding but not their metacognitive awareness. Further research is required to explore new possibilities in enhancing not only students' understanding in integral calculus, but also to enhance their metacognitive awareness in learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-310
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Education Science and Technology Part B: Social and Educational Studies
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Conceptual understanding
  • Engineering technology
  • Integral calculus
  • Metacognitive awareness
  • Procedural understanding

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Fostering students' understanding in integral calculus through maple activities. / Salleh, Tuan Salwani Awang; Zakaria, Effandi.

In: Energy Education Science and Technology Part B: Social and Educational Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2013, p. 303-310.

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