Understanding probabiity concepts and learning styles among students of the Malay culture: a Rasch analysis
Research relating to the understanding of probability concepts among students have been investigated from various different perspectives and this study is no exception. The purpose of is to examine students’ perceived understanding and competency in probability concepts while focusing on the learning styles among students of the Malay culture. A convenient sample of 81 undergraduate students from the mathematical and computer sciences programmes at a local public university in Malaysia were subjected to a survey investigation. An attempt in using Rasch analysis to explore students’ perceived understanding and competency revealed that students perceived a good understanding of probability concepts after they have gone through lessons on probability concepts, as measured by the relevant constructs. The study also revealed that having a good understanding of the concepts does not necessarily mean that students possessed a high ability to perform well in the test. In its connection with the learning styles, more than half of the students interviewed consider themselves as assimilators, i.e., preference for reviewing, reflecting and learning from experience followed by converger, i.e., trying out what have been learned.
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