Studying the Impact of using Mental Arithmetic Courseware for Preschool Children
Ruzinoor Che Mat1, Mohd Hafiz Mahayudin2, Norani Nordin3

1Ruzinoor Che Mat, School of Creative Industry Management and Performing Arts, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
2Mohd Hafiz Mahayudin, School of Multimedia Technology and Communication, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
3Norani Nordin, School of Technology Management and Logistic, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 24 March 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 03 April 2019 | Manuscript Published on 27 April 2019 | PP: 152-157 | Volume-7 Issue-6S2 April 2019 | Retrieval Number: F10230476S219/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: Currently, the application of mathematical courseware is increasingly popular among children in preschool. Most of this application involves the use of multimedia elements to attract children in learning. In this study, Mental Arithmetic Courseware is developed by incorporating multimedia elements together with mental arithmetic techniques interactively. The objective of this paper is to study the impact of the courseware among the preschool children. This application can be divided into four modules, namely the Introduction, Tutorials, Quizzes and Games. Each module has its own unique characteristics and connection between each other. The courseware was exposed to the preschool children to perform simple mathematic calculations using mental arithmetic techniques. The testing phase has been conducted in three different preschool which have different demographic which are rural, town and near education center. The test was split into pre-test and post-test. Post-test results showed that children have improved understanding of mental arithmetic techniques by about 28 percent compared to the pretest. This is may be due to with the help of the courseware which illustrates mental arithmetic technique in a better way with the help of multimedia elements.
Keywords: Mental Artihmetic, Mathematic, Courseware, Preschoo.
Scope of the Article: Social Sciences