The Impact of WebBased Assessment and Practice on Students’ Mathematics Learning Attitudes
Article
Diem M. Nguyen, Bowling Green State University, United States ; YiChuan Hsieh, ChingYun University, Taiwan ; G. Donald Allen, Texas A&M University, United States
JCMST Volume 25, Number 3, ISSN 07319258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Abstract
This study investigates the effects of webbased assessment and practice on improving middle school students' mathematics learning attitudes. With the use of an experimental design and a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, the study compared and contrasted the attitude achievement of students, who used the webbased assessment and practice (WP) with students, who used the traditional assessment and practice (TP). Across multivariate and factor analyses and the transcripts of interview notes, results of the study indicate that with the opportunities of drilling and practicing on the computer and receiving instant scores and adapted feedback, students had gained interests in doing mathematics, and formed a perception that they became smarter in problemsolving. However, the attitude improvements were quite different across ethnic and gender groups. Within the WP group, while male students gained more confidence than females, females expressed stronger opinions on the fact that instant scores and feedback helped them overcome difficulties in mathematics problem solving. Though some limitations still exist with written explanations and partial credits, in comparison with the traditional assessment, the webbased assessment and practice tool in this study substantially helps students build motivation and elevates the meaning of learning and doing mathematics with the use webbased technology.
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Nguyen, D.M., Hsieh, Y.C. & Allen, G.D. (2006). The Impact of WebBased Assessment and Practice on Students’ Mathematics Learning Attitudes. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 25(3), 251279. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 5, 2022 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/6277/.
© 2006 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
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