Enhancing logical thinking among computer science students through cooperative learning / Mahfudzah Othman, Fazlin Marini Hussain and Khairunisa Nikman

Othman, Mahfudzah and Hussain, Fazlin Marini and Nikman, Khairunisa (2010) Enhancing logical thinking among computer science students through cooperative learning / Mahfudzah Othman, Fazlin Marini Hussain and Khairunisa Nikman. Gading Journal for the Social Sciences, 14 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2600-7568

Abstract

This study is aimed to investigate the logical thinking levels among first semester students who enrolled in the introductory programming course in Computer Science studies. A selected group of ninety-seven students were asked to take the Group Assessment Logical Thinking (GALT) tests in the beginning and at the end of the semester. The results derived from the GALT pre-tests will be used to divide the students into learning groups, where each group consists of two High Logical thinkers (HLT) and two Low Logical thinkers (LLT). Afterwards, the Cooperative Learning (CL) method which is named Numbered Heads Together is then introduced in the programming classes. Later, at the end of the semester, the GALT post-test results are then being compared with the pre-test results to see the changes of logical thinking levels among the students. The results have shown an increasing number of students with HLT levels. Due to the effectiveness of practicing CL method in classes, a proposed framework for an online collaborative learning system is also being discussed in this paper. Another technique called Think-Pair- Share is being selected to suit the virtual environment. It is hoped that the cooperative learning methods whether the in-class practice or online collaboration will be seen as an innovative way to enhance the students’ logical thinking levels thus improving their performances in programming courses.

Metadata

Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmail / ID. Num
Othman, Mahfudzahfudzah@perlis.uitm.edu.my
Hussain, Fazlin Marinifazlinmarini@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Nikman, Khairunisayune@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Learning. Learning strategies
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Learning ability
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Cognitive learning. Thinking skills. Critical thinking
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Educational evaluation
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang > Jengka Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Gading Journal for the Social Sciences
Journal: UiTM Journal > Gading Journal for the Social Sciences (GADINGSS)
ISSN: 2600-7568
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-10
Item ID: 29819
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cooperative Learning, Logical Thinking, online Collaborative Learning System
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/29819

Download

[img] Text
29819.pdf

Download (378kB)

ID Number

29819

Others


View in Google Scholar

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year