Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(3), pp. 823 - 834
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080313
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Analysis of Mathematical Proof Ability in Abstract Algebra Course


Nina Agustyaningrum 1,*, Asmaul Husna 1, Yudhi Hanggara 1, Agus Maman Abadi 2, Ali Mahmudi 2
1 Department of Mathematics Education, Universitas Riau Kepulauan, Indonesia
2 Department of Mathematics Education, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia

ABSTRACT

Mathematical proving is an important ability to learn abstract algebra. Many students, however, found difficulties in solving problems involving mathematical proof. This research aims to describe the students' mathematical proving ability and to find out the difference of the ability among students in private universities with three different levels of accreditation – A, B, and C. We used descriptive and comparative methods to reach the goals by involving mathematics education department students from A, B, and C-accredited private universities as its subjects. We used a test and interview to collect the data. The data of the students' mathematical proving ability were then statistically described and then compared among the three subject categories using the Kruskal-Wallis test and U Mann Whitney post hoc test. The results suggest that the students' mathematical proving ability from the A, B, and C-accredited universities respectively were 77.14 (high category), 39.32 (low category), and 36.78 (low category). Furthermore, the comparison results suggest that the significant differences only happen between universities with A and B accreditation level, and between the ones with A and C accreditation. Based on these findings, the mathematical proving ability of the students from B and C-accredited universities still needs to be improved by making the students accustomed to exercising with proof problems, motivating them to learn, and providing them learning materials that are easy to understand.

KEYWORDS
Abstract Algebra, Accreditation of Private University, Comparison Analysis, Descriptive Analysis, Mathematical Proving Ability

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Nina Agustyaningrum , Asmaul Husna , Yudhi Hanggara , Agus Maman Abadi , Ali Mahmudi , "Analysis of Mathematical Proof Ability in Abstract Algebra Course," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 823 - 834, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080313.

(b). APA Format:
Nina Agustyaningrum , Asmaul Husna , Yudhi Hanggara , Agus Maman Abadi , Ali Mahmudi (2020). Analysis of Mathematical Proof Ability in Abstract Algebra Course. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 8(3), 823 - 834. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080313.