Exploring Matriculation Students’ Metacognitive Awareness and Achievement in a Mathematics Course

By Effandi Zakaria, Zainah Yazid and Sabri Ahmad.

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The purpose of this study was to investigate matriculation students’ metacognitive awareness and achievement in mathematical problem solving. The study examined whether there was a correlation between metacognitive awareness and students’ achievement on mathematical problem solving tasks. In addition, the study investigated whether there were differences in metacognitive awareness in mathematical problem solving in relation to gender and discipline of study. The sample consisted of 378 matriculation college students, 123 males and 255 females. The data were analyzed using a t-test, one-way ANOVA and Pearson correlation. The findings showed that there was a significant relationship between metacognitive awareness and students’ achievement in mathematical problem solving. There were no significant differences in metacognitive awareness in mathematical problem solving with respect to gender. Nevertheless, there was a significant difference in the dimension of self-checking between males and females. There were also significant differences in metacognitive awareness depending on discipline of study.

Keywords: Metacognitive Awareness, Mathematical Problem Solving, Mathematics Achievement

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp.333-348. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.211MB).

Dr. Effandi Zakaria

Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Practice and Method, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. My interests have been mathematics teaching and learning, mathematics problem solving , ICT integration in mathematics education, attitudes and beliefs of teachers and students, and has undertaken research related to all of these areas. Publications include the following books: Asas Pembelajaran Koperatif Dalam Matematik ( Foundation of Cooperative Learning in Mathematics) (2005),published by Karisma Publication and, most recently, Trend Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Matematik (Trends in Teaching and Learning of Mathematics)(2007), published by Utusan Publications and Distributors,Kuala Lumpur.

Zainah Yazid

Lecturer, Mathematics Department, Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan, Malaysia

I am a mathematics lecturer. I've more than 10 years of mathematics teaching experience. My interests have been mathematics teaching and learning and mathematics problem solving.

Dr. Sabri Ahmad

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics Department, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, KTerengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia


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