While Problem-based Learning (PBL) has been established in the literature in different contexts, there remains few studies on how PBL has an impact on students’ attitude towards mathematics and their conceptual understanding of it in Egyptian classrooms. This study was conducted in an international university in Egypt, and the participants were non-science undergraduate students who took a course called “Fun with Problem-Solving” as a requirement core class. The study shows that students’ attitude towards mathematics developed throughout the course, and this was tested using the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scale, where students had a pretest and posttest. While the sample size was small, there was statistical significance in the change of the means of how students perceived mathematics as a male domain, and how teachers perceived students’ achievements. This notion was coupled with students’ development of conceptual understanding, which was tracked throughout the semester by mapping students’ work with the Lesh Translation Model.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation.August 2017. Major: Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Advisor: Lesa Covington Clarkson. 1 computer file (PDF); xiii, 171 pages.
The Impact of Problem-based Learning on Non-Science Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes towards Mathematics in an Egyptian Classroom.
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