Universitas Islam Malang and Universitas Madura Collaborate on Groundbreaking Research into Algebraic Misconceptions

Malang, Indonesia – June 10, 2024 – Universitas Islam Malang (UNISMA) and Universitas Madura (UNIRA) are excited to announce a collaborative research project titled “Unveiling Hidden Misconceptions: A New Perspective on First-Year Students’ Algebraic Understanding.” This joint effort, led by Dr. Surya Sari Faradiba, S.Si., M.Pd from UNISMA, and Dr. Ukhti Raudhatul Jannah from UNIRA, aims to identify and address algebraic misconceptions among first-year university students.

The research, conducted from January to March 2024, utilized a hybrid format, combining both in-person and online methodologies across the two campuses. This innovative approach allowed for comprehensive data collection and analysis, leveraging the strengths of both institutions.

Dr. Surya Sari Faradiba from UNISMA emphasized the importance of this research in improving mathematical education. “By identifying specific areas where students struggle, we can develop targeted teaching strategies to enhance their understanding and performance in algebra,” she said. “This collaboration with Universitas Madura has been instrumental in broadening the scope and impact of our study.”

Dr. Ukhti Raudhatul Jannah from UNIRA highlighted the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the hybrid research model. “The hybrid format allowed us to gather diverse perspectives and experiences from students at both universities,” she noted. “This has enriched our findings and will help us create more effective educational interventions.”

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The study involved detailed diagnostic interviews and problem-solving tasks to uncover hidden misconceptions in algebraic understanding. Preliminary findings indicate that these misconceptions significantly hinder students’ ability to solve algebraic problems and grasp underlying concepts. The researchers hope that their insights will lead to improved instructional methods and better academic outcomes for students.

This collaboration underscores the commitment of both universities to advancing educational research and improving student learning experiences. As Dr. Faradiba remarked, “This joint effort not only enhances our research capabilities but also strengthens the academic ties between our institutions.”

The outcomes of this research are slated for publication in a reputable Sinta-accredited journal, with potential for further dissemination at an international level. These publications will not only contribute to the academic community but also serve as a basis for future research endeavors. Both Dr. Faradiba and Dr. Jannah expressed optimism about the potential for future findings to be discussed and published in international forums, enhancing the global dialogue on effective mathematics education.

The final results of the research are expected to be published later this year, providing valuable guidance for educators and contributing to the broader field of mathematics education. Both UNISMA and UNIRA are excited about the potential impact of this study and look forward to further collaborations in the future.