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

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The purpose of this study was to investigate matriculation students’ metacognitive awareness and achievement on mathematical problem solving. The study examined whether there was a correlation between metacognitive awareness and students’ achievement on mathematical problem solving. In addition, the study investigated whether there were differences in metacognitive awareness and the achievement on 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 was analysed using a t-test, oneway ANOVA and Pearson correlation. The findings showed that there was a significant relationship between metacognitive awareness and students’ achievement on mathematical problem solving. There were no significant differences in metacognitive awareness and achievement on mathematical problem solving with respect to gender. Nevertheless, there was a significant difference in the dimension of monitoring between males and females. It was also found that there were significant differences in metacognitive awareness regarding discipline of study. However, only in “understanding the problem” and “writing the answers correctly” were found to be significant between physical science and accounting students.


Keywords: Metacognitive Awareness, Achievement, Matriculation Students, Mathematics, Problem Solving
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Effandi Zakaria

Senior Lecturer, Department of Method and Educational Practice
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

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, Matriculation College Negeri Sembilan
Kuala Pilah, Negeri 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.

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