Integration of Concept Mapping and Frequent Classroom Testing (CMFT) into a Thai Education Law Subject to Foster Learning Achievement of Thai Undergraduates Students
The contents of Thai Education Law courses usually contains high complexity and rigid key terms that can create confusions and difficulties to those who are required to learn the courses as a beginner. Traditional teaching and classroom activities fail to accommodate students with their learning goals. Instead, they create the overwhelmed feeling towards the learning tasks to the students, and turned them to be unmotivated to learn. Integration of the concept mapping strategy come in to play as an alternative to simplify the learning contents by visualizing abstract information to more concrete concepts, as well as to reduce students’ cognitive load. When lessons are simplified and the students start to get better understanding of what they learn, their learning motivation is also increased. That can create more engaging classroom atmosphere. Besides, incorporating frequent classroom testing was brought in to promote the students self-regulated learning ability. The ultimate objective of the integration of the concept mapping and frequent classroom testing (CMFT) into a Thai Education Law Subjects was to foster the students’ learning achievement. A pre-test, six immediate posttests, and a post-test were employed for qualitative data collection. A group interview was conducted after the post-test to gather data on qualitative aspects. Statistics used in this study consisted of percentage, Mean, S.D., and Paired-Sample t-test. Interview data were analyzed by using Content analysis. The research findings revealed that there was highly positive effects of CMFT towards the students’ learning achievement of the course.
Keywords - Concept Mapping, Frequent Classroom Testing, Thai Education Law Subject, Learning Achievement