Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2006

Full Length Research Paper

The shifting of students' epistemological belief about mathematics in polytechnic

Arif Rahman Hakim*
  • Arif Rahman Hakim*
  • Politeknik Negeri Malang (Polinema), Indonesia.
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Ipung Yuwono
  • Ipung Yuwono
  • Departmentof Mathematics, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia.
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Subanji
  • Subanji
  • Departmentof Mathematics, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia.
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Swasono Rahardjo
  • Swasono Rahardjo
  • Departmentof Mathematics, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia.
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  •  Received: 28 May 2016
  •  Accepted: 01 August 2016
  •  Published: 23 August 2016

Abstract

The research aims to figure out students' epistemological belief shift about mathematics after having attended a lecture in a Polytechnic. In addition, it also aims to find out the relationship between their beliefs and mathematics performance. The study applied mix method with explanatory sequential design approach by conducting first study quantitatively and further study qualitatively. The sample consists of 223 participants drawn randomly by stratified random sampling method. The result showed that students' epistemological belief about mathematics either pre­ college or in-college period in Polytechnic was "poorly positive". Most of them (about 95%) had their epistemological beliefs about mathematics shifted with the changes "low increasing". Also, the belief shifting was positively correlated with mathematics performance at a significance level of 1%, and the Pearson correlation coefficient was 0.204. Some factors that affects students' epistemological belief about Mathematics shifted was: student's orientation purpose, assessment system, curriculum, methods of learning, and met-before.

Key words: Belief, belief shift, epistemological belief, students' belief.