Performance Evaluation of College of Science and Engineering Students with the PALSI Scheme

By Siu Wo Tarloff Im, Pit Ho Patrio Chiu, Chan Hung Shek and Dennis Y. W. Liu.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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University mathematics subjects are the core modules for undergraduates enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering. Foundational knowledge in calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and complex numbers is vital for developing the ability to handle science or engineering questions. Due to different learning backgrounds, undergraduates might not have studied advanced mathematics in their high schools, which drastically lowers the study momentum in competing with others who have taken advanced mathematics curriculum. In order to reduce the learning gap between advanced mathematics learners and non-advanced mathematics learners, a learning method using a small group of peers is implemented with science and engineering students for two mathematics modules. The scheme contributed to social interactions with their peers. Peer tutoring with supplemental instruction can encourage students to engage with group discussions, thus changing them from passive listeners to active learners in collaborative learning. This article aims to focus on the performance of academic results in comparing the effectiveness of the PALSI scheme in regards to gender and mathematics learning experience in high school.

Keywords: Peer-assisted Learning, Mathematics, Science and Engineering

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 24, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.27-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 15, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 345.708KB)).

Siu Wo Tarloff Im

Education Development Officer, Office of Education Development and Gateway Education, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Pit Ho Patrio Chiu

Senior Education Development Officer, Office of Education Development and Gateway Education, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Chan Hung Shek

Director, Assistant Head and Professor, Office of Education Development and Gateway Education, Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr Dennis Y. W. Liu

Teaching Fellow, Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong