Computer Assisted Teaching and Learning (CATL) to Improve Academic Achievement and Skill in Physics Education
Issue: 2016 - Volume 8 [Issue 4]
Department of Physics Education, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
Abdullah Husin *
Department of Information System, Islamic University of Indragiri, Tembilahan, Riau, Indonesia
*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Computer assisted learning (CAL) has been implemented in schools to improve the quality of education. However, the application of CAL without the assistant of teachers is unsatisfactory. This study introduces computer assisted teaching and learning (CATL) with the teacher’s assistance. A test which involved 34 students and 12 observational learning activities for physics learning session at 2 junior high schools in Aceh province Indonesia was conducted. On average, students scored 74.79 when learning physics using CATL, compared to using CAL which scored only 71.23. Teachers’ assistance in CATL can provide a meaningful impact on improving academic learning achievements. Based on interviews, 8 students noted that CATL is better, easier, and more fun. 87.5% of students and 100% of interviewed teachers want CATL to be applied in the physics subject. Thus CATL can improve skills and academic achievements in teaching and learning physics.
Keywords: Computer, teaching, learning, academic achievement, skill, physics