Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL), Vol 8, No 4 (2016)

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Integrating virtual manipulative with the use of iPad in the teaching and learning of fractions

Hajah Nadzirah Fatin Mohammad Malik Finti, Masitah Shahrill, Sallimah M. Salleh

Abstract


Several reports have suggested that students have difficulties in understanding the concepts of fraction, particularly on fraction equivalence and addition of fractions that involved unlike denominators. It is envisaged that the implementation of Virtual Manipulative using iPad would enhance students’ conceptual understanding. The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of Virtual Manipulative with the use of iPads in teaching equivalence and addition of fractions. The target groups were two Year 7 classes in one of the secondary schools in Brunei, one class comprising high-achieving students, while the other consist of low-achieving students. An action research design that included quantitative and qualitative data analyses was conducted. The findings revealed that the implementation of Virtual Manipulative using iPad has significant effect on students’ performance in-group activities, and it has significant effect for students with low abilities. The study also revealed that students’ motivation to learn fractions increased as they found the use of iPads to be fun and interesting. However, the results also revealed that the use of iPads as a teaching tool appeared to be challenging for teachers.

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Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)
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