The Effect of Journal Writing on Secondary One Students’ Ability to Explain Mathematical Concepts and their Perceptions of Journal Writing

The Effect of Journal Writing on Secondary One Students’ Ability to Explain Mathematical Concepts and their Perceptions of Journal Writing

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The Effect of Journal Writing on Secondary One Students’ Ability to Explain Mathematical Concepts and their Perceptions of Journal Writing

This study explored the effects of journal writing on students’, ability to explain mathematical concepts and their perceptions of journal writing in the learning of mathematics. Journal writing was used in this Mathematics classroom to provide students with further opportunity to explain concepts and apply knowledge. Additional journal prompts were designed to provide the teacher with information on the students’, attitudes in the learning Mathematics. In this study, a Secondary One Express (Grade 7) class (N = 37) completed six journal writing tasks over a period of ten weeks. Data on students’, ability to explain concepts was gathered through their responses to the journal prompts. A comparison of pre- and post-journal writing was made. Students’, perceptions on journal writing were gathered through a survey. Results suggested that journal writing had a positive impact on students’, ability to explain mathematical concepts among the average ability students. Students’, responses to the survey indicated that journal writing was a useful form of communication between the teacher and the students. The results of the study suggested that journal writing would be a plausible alternative assessment mode for the average ability students in enhancing their ability to explain mathematical concepts.

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