EVALUATION OF A TEST MEASURING MATHEMATICAL MODELLING COMPETENCY FOR INDONESIAN COLLEGE STUDENTS

Abstract

Background and Purpose: Mathematical modelling competency is one of the vital characteristics in mathematics education. Educational researchers have updated the benefit of modelling as key factor to the study of complexity and modern science. Since many scholars frequently adopt instrument from one cultural background to another, they also offer proof on the issue of validity and reliability. The present paper aimed at validating a mathematical modelling test for secondary prospective mathematics teachers.

 

Methodology: We utilized a survey approach to examine the factor structure of mathematical modelling test for 202 secondary prospective mathematics teachers, selected by cluster random sampling. Mathematical modeling test was adapted to measure the desired constructs. More importantly, we used exploratory factor analysis (EFA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) using AMOS 18 and Rasch measurement model with Winstep version 3.73 to analyze the data.

 

Findings: The EFA and CFA technique verified that a mathematical modelling test was acceptable for Indonesian prospective mathematics teachers. In addition, Rasch analysis also confirmed that all items fit the criteria well and implied that all items are valid in measuring student mathematical modelling competency. This finding concludes that the mathematical modelling test of Indonesian prospective mathematics teachers have an eight-dimension structure. 

 

Contributions: This present research contributes towards psychometric measure on the reliability and validity of a mathematical modelling test in mathematics education programs.

 

Keywords: Confirmatory factor analysis, mathematical modelling competency, Rasch measurement model.

 

Cite as: Hidayat, R., Qudratuddarsi, H., Mazlan, N. H., & Mohd Zeki, M. Z. (2021). Evaluation of a test measuring mathematical modelling competency for Indonesian college students.  Journal of Nusantara Studies, 6(2), 133-155. http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol6iss2pp133-155

Author Biographies

Riyan Hidayat, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Riyan Hidayat is currently a Mathematics and Science Education lecturer at the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). He specializes in statistics, psychological education and mathematics education.

Hilman Qudratuddarsi, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Faculty Education, Universiti Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hilman Qudratuddarsi has just graduated from the University of Malaya majoring science education. He is interested in research on science instrument, ICT on science education as well as chemistry. He also specializes on Rasch analysis and Quantitative study.

Nurul Hijja Mazlan , Postgraduate Studies Department, Faculty of Education & Language, SEGi University, Kota Damansara, Malaysia

Nurul Hijja Mazlan is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education and Language, SEGi University, Malaysia. She holds a PhD in education from the University of Malaya. Her specialization is in educational technology, instructional technology and developmental research.

Mohd Zaidi Mohd Zeki, Department of curriculum and Instruction Technology, Faculty Education, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mohd Zaidi Mohd Zeki is a PhD candidate at the Department of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. He is currently working on a research involving integration of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) into Islamic Education. He is also into qualitative research.

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Published
2021-06-30
How to Cite
Hidayat, R., Qudratuddarsi, H., Mazlan , N. H., & Mohd Zeki, M. Z. (2021). EVALUATION OF A TEST MEASURING MATHEMATICAL MODELLING COMPETENCY FOR INDONESIAN COLLEGE STUDENTS. Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS), 6(2), 133-155. https://doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol6iss2pp133-155