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ERIC Number: ED530680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
A Study of the Effectiveness of the Contextual Lab Activity in the Teaching and Learning Statistics at the UTHM (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia)
Kamaruddin, Nafisah Kamariah Md; Jaafar, Norzilaila bt; Amin, Zulkarnain Md
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 1 p13-19 2012
Inaccurate concept in statistics contributes to the assumption by the students that statistics do not relate to the real world and are not relevant to the engineering field. There are universities which introduced learning statistics using statistics lab activities. However, the learning is more on the learning how to use software and not to enhance the knowledge in statistics. Thus, this research was done to test the effectiveness of the contextual lab activities in learning engineering statistics for the engineering students in the UTHM (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia). The objective of this research is to survey the understanding, motivation and acceptance between the students, who had gone through the contextual lab activity and the non-contextual lab activity based on the questionnaires. In addition, the test result was measured using the independent t-test. This research is done using the quasi-experiment. There were 265 civil, mechanical and electric students who are taking engineering statistics in their second semester. The sample consisted of 155 students which were divided into two groups: 72 students in the treated group and 83 students in the control group. The treated group followed the contextual lab activity while the control group followed the non-contextual lab activity. The findings showed that there is no significant difference between the students' understanding and motivation from both groups. However, there is a significant difference for the acceptance between both groups. The findings also show that there is a significant difference for the post-test mean score between the two groups. The treated group which had gone through the contextual lab activity scored higher than the non-contextual. In conclusion, the contextual lab activity is able to help the engineering statistics students in their learning process. (Contains 10 tables and 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia