THE EFFECT OF PEER TUTORING ON THE PROCESS OF LEARNING MATHEMATICAL PROOFS
Nurul Ashikin Abdul Rahman, Fatimah Abdul Razak and Syahida Che Dzul-Kifli
Writing mathematical proof and understanding mathematical knowledge are two preeminent skills ideally to be mastered by every student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences (JSM). Despite the abundance of proving techniques, students still face difficulties in the drafting of proof. Therefore, this study seeks to discover the effectiveness of peer tutors in improving students’ abilities to devise mathematical proof and to understand mathematical concepts. A peer tutor network is used to determine whether or not students that excel in proving and mathematical comprehension are taken as peer tutors. The aim of this study is to identify peer tutors by measure of in-degree centrality on the network and later analyze characteristics of the peer tutors. On one hand, these tutors should be groomed and given comprehensive understanding since they have a strong ripple effect on the networks of the whole class. On the other hand, students with good scores and understanding of proofs need to be encouraged and incentivized to be peer tutors. The resulting analysis on the network will be able to help educators identify gaps and improve overall students’ performance in learning mathematical proof and comprehension.
Keywords: in-degree, mathematical comprehension, networks, peer tutor.