Nyet Moi Siew and Jolly Geofrey and Bih Ni Lee (2016) Students' algebraic thinking and attitudes towards algebra: the effects of gamebased learning using Dragonbox 12 + app. Electronic Journal of Mathematics & Technology, 10 (1). pp. 117. ISSN 19332823

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Abstract
The language of algebra promotes thinking about pattern recognition and analysis, problemsolving and reasoning skills, and generalising arithmetic operations through representation with symbols. However, the high level of abstraction in algebra can cause difficulty for some students. Students who have problems learning algebra tend to show less positive attitudes toward algebra. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the effects of an android app, the DragonBox 12+, on algebraic thinking and attitudes toward algebra among eighth grade students. By using a quasiexperimental approach, comparison was made between an experimental group (n = 30) and a control group (n = 30). The instruments used were a prepost test to test algebraic thinking and a FennemaSherman questionnaire to measure student's attitudes toward algebra. Results revealed that students who learned algebra using the DragonBox 12+ showed significantly higher mean scores in algebraic thinking and attitudes toward algebra compared to the control group. Findings suggested that DragonBox 12+ can provide insights into the support required for mathematics teachers to adopt effective gamebased learning for teaching algebra in their schools.
Item Type:  Article 

Uncontrolled Keywords:  android app, DragonBox 12+, algebraic thinking, quasiexperimental approach, teaching algebra 
Subjects:  Q Science > QA Mathematics 
Divisions:  FACULTY > Faculty of Psychology and Education 
Depositing User:  Munira 
Date Deposited:  03 Feb 2018 13:52 
Last Modified:  03 Feb 2018 13:52 
URI:  http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/18597 
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