Journal of Social Sciences

The Effects of Cooperative Learning on Students' Mathematics Achievement and Attitude towards Mathematics

Effandi Zakaria, Lu Chung Chin and Md. Yusoff Daud

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2010.272.275

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 6, Issue 2

Pages 272-275

Abstract

Problem statement: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of cooperative learning on mathematics achievement and attitude towards mathematics. Approach: This quasi-experimental study was carried out on two form one classes in Miri, Sarawak. One class (n = 44) was assigned as an experimental group and the other (n = 38) was assigned as a control group. The two groups were pre-tested prior the implementation. At the end of the study, post test was given, while daily quiz was used as a tool for formative testing. Teaching and learning process was carried out for two weeks. Data were analyzed using the t-test to determine performance by comparing the mean of the post test for treatment and control group. Results: The results of this study showed that cooperative learning methods improve students’ achievement in mathematics and attitude towards mathematics. Conclusion: The researchers concluded that cooperative learning is an effective approach, which mathematics teachers need to incorporate in their teaching.

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© 2010 Effandi Zakaria, Lu Chung Chin and Md. Yusoff Daud. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.