The use of mathematical practice-based activities in teaching mathematics

2022 IJRSE – Volume 11 Issue 13

Available Online:  18 August 2022

Author/s:

Boribor, John Dave V.*
Bicol University, Philippines (johndave.boribor@deped.gov.ph)

Tonga, Daves L.
Bicol University, Philippines (tonga.daves@gmail.com)

Abstract:

Educators today are aware about the significant difficulties being faced by the students in understanding Mathematics. The educators in the Philippines also need to do some actions to improve Filipino students’ performance in Mathematics. This study developed Mathematical Practice (MP)–based activities to help students engage in learning process. The study use different activities using the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice, namely: 1) Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them;2) Reason abstractly and quantitatively; 3) Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others; 4) Model with mathematics; 5) Use appropriate tools strategically; 6) Attend to precision; 7) Look for and make use of structure; 8) Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. The study had collected both quantitative and qualitative data. The study determined the effect of MP–based activities in terms of students’ understanding of mathematics concepts, problem-solving skills, collaborative skills, interests in learning mathematics and the insights drawn from the experiences of the students exposed to this kind of activities. The results concluded that the developed MP-based activities improved the conceptual understanding, problem solving skills, interests in Mathematics and collaborative skills of the students. The students became more interested or motivated to learn, they showed positive outlook towards learning the subject, and they now like Mathematics. The findings suggest that the teachers must incorporate instructional approach in Mathematics, like the developed MP-based activities, that will help to realize the twin goals of Mathematics education which are critical thinking and problem solving.

Keywords: mathematical practice-based activities, standards for mathematical practice, conceptual understanding, problem-solving skills, mathematics interest, collaborative skills, grade-7

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2022.341

Cite this article:
Boribor, J. D. V., & Tonga, D. L. (2022). The use of mathematical practice-based activities in teaching mathematics. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 11(12), 37-54. https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2022.341

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