THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND
Every person has his own unique experiences. According to Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, students organize what they learn from their experiences. They gradually construct an overall view of how world operates. We can apply what we have learned, not only from the teachers but also from our experiences. Just like the experiences of the students in Mathematics from primary level to their secondary level of education. But the question is, how important for the freshmen engineering students in college to deal with their transition through high school mathematical experiences? (www.funderstanding.com)
A strong preparation in high school mathematics is essential in preparing students for future success; whatever they may aspire to do. Those without a solid mathematical background risk being taken advantage of or being left behind. In today’s highly technological world, having a solid preparation in mathematics is a tremendous asset. (www.nctm.org)
Determining the influence of high school mathematical experiences will give assistance to us in perceiving how it can help the students in their transition from high school to college level of education. Even though students are not that much prepared for their tertiary level, we can identify some of the mathematical influences and thinking needed. The problem in transitioning from secondary to tertiary level of learning has been recognized for sometime as a major stumbling block of the students. Simply exposing them to mathematical topics is not enough. Nor it is enough for students to know only how to perform mathematical procedures. They must have to make sense of mathematics so that they are able to use it in meaningful ways.
Background of the Study
Nowadays, many students, from elementary to college, are distracted by many factors and do not focus much on their studies. Their lessons that needed to be studied even after school had been neglected. Oftentimes, they prefer surfing the internet or playing online games rather than reading books, doing homework exercises and practicing math lessons. They gather fewer experiences in learning subject matters. Students, in using computers, are simply distracting themselves and encouraging their own inability to focus on something for a long period of time. These people claim that computers promote multi-tasking to avoid boredom, which results in students being unable to sustain focus for a long period of time in their studies. ( www.ehow.com ) Academic preparation which is essential in the transition to the next level of learning has been overlooked. So this research will be essential in recognizing the high school mathematical experiences of the freshmen engineering students that influence their successful transition to college. With the aid of this research, we can determine the importance of the student’s experiences in Mathematics and if it can give them advantages or not. The researcher came up with the idea which is based on the present situation and can help the student to realize the essence of the experiences rather than spending their time for pleasure.
This research could be relevant for the freshmen engineering students within PUP –MC; on how would they give importance to their high school experiences and cope or adapt to their math in college.
Realization of the high school math experiences’ essence and its influence to adaptability on college mathematics, which is the researchers’ primary concern, will surely affect the performances of the students. Success in Mathematics will open doors for students to their future careers.
High school mathematical experiences are also one factor that influences the transition of students from secondary to tertiary level. The researchers consider the important factors under those experiences as indoor/ inside the classroom experiences and outdoor/outside the school...