Difficulties in Mathematics of the Education Students in the Polytechnic State College of Antique: Bases for Modules Development

Authors : Yuri G. Gonzaga

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 9 - September

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7127404

This study was undertaken to determine the difficulties in Basic Mathematics I of the First Year Education Students in the Polytechnic State College of Antique during second semester, academic year 2004- 2005. The subjects of the study were 203 first year Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor students of the Polytechnic State College of Antique main campus and Tario-Lim Ruiz campus who were officially enrolled during the second semester of the school year 2004-2005. This descriptive research utilized the researcher made achievement test in Basic Mathematics I as basis of the study. The statistical tools used were the frequency count, percentage, Pearson r, Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test, and Spearman brown. The alpha level was set at 0.05 in a twotailed test. The findings of the investigation revealed that the first year teacher education students had difficulties along following areas of Mathematics I: a) Exponents and Radicals, b) Area and Volume, c) Fractions, d) Percentage, e) Ratio and Proportions, f) Integers, and g) Measurement and Scientific Notation. The modules that were developed are effective in terms of improving students’ performance. In the light of these findings, mathematics instruction especially in Basic Mathematics I in the college must be strengthened on the areas of: Exponents and Radicals, Measurement and Scientific Notation, Area and Volume, Percentage, Ratio and Proportions, Fractions, and Integers that would help in meeting students’ difficulty. Likewise, remedial teaching should be adopted as integral part of the program in Basic Mathematics I, Moreover, a committee composed of experts and authorities in teaching mathematics should be formed to help construct the modules on the different areas which will be used in remedial teaching program.

Keywords : Basic Mathematics, Teacher Education Students, Development of Modules


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