Needs Assessment Survey on Practical Mathematical Skills

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NEEDS ASSESSMENT ON PRACTICAL MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

ABSTRACT
This study was conducted in the Municipality of Lagangilang, Abra from April 2012 to June 2012. Generally, it aimed to determine the mathematical skill needs of the Lagangilang folks as a basis for developing Mathematics Extension activity/ies.

Structured questionnaires, supplemented with discussions were used in the gathering of data which were analyzed using frequency distribution, percentages, ranks and means.
The 96 respondents came from the 17 barangays of Lagangilang, Abra were predominantly females and are mainly engaged in small time business such as farming and store business.
The most frequently mentioned training needs in each of the mathematical topics were on the operations of whole numbers; operations of fractions; decimals and money forms; percentages, ratio and proportion; and measurements of distance, time, weight, perimeter and areas.

In the determination of the order of priority, the respondents ranked their needs on mathematical topics. The over-all mean of the ranks were utilized to determine which among those topics were their priority need. It was found that the topics on percentage, ratio and proportion; measurement of perimeters & areas; and decimals & money forms, were the three main concerns of the respondents.

Majority of the respondents prefer the weekends for a conduct of an activity or training which might be due to their farming work or household chores. Majority of the respondents also chose a morning session for the conduct of any activity or training.

INTRODUCTION

Whenever an organization or a society conducts a program, all factors are being considered and are therefore planned. The organizers themselves should be able to get vast knowledge on the factors such as their needs, problems, resources available, and availability of the desired beneficiaries. According to Tubaña and Bautista (2005), the careful planning and people participation will ensure that the development programs that will be extended to them will suit their needs. Thus, planning reduces the risk of waste of funds, time, effort and other resources. Needs assessment would be very useful in establishing programs or activities and is also intended to provide data on which the organization will then be able to identify the services to be extended or the kinds of needs there are in the community. The Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology (ASIST) is a government agency that provides not only in instruction but also provides extension, research, and production services to its stakeholders. The Sciences department through its Mathematics faculty plans to conduct a program for its stakeholders. Thus, the department initiates the preliminaries such as a Needs Assessment Survey to carefully plan for the conduct of the desired activity.

The following are the objectives of the study:
1. To identify the mathematical skills needs of the Lagangilang folks; 2. To determine the order or priority of mathematical topics/skills to be enhanced 3. To determine the day and time preference of the Lagangilang folks for a possible enhancement program or activity.

METHODOLOGY

The study was implemented from April 2012 to June 2012. The respondents were composed of 96 representatives from the 17 barangays. These representatives were convened in ASIST during the Needs Assessment Conference conducted by the Science Department in April 2012. The said respondents were selected through convenience sampling of each barangay through their respective barangay captains.

Structured questionnaires were used in gathering data, supplemented with discussions from the members of the Sciences Department. Frequency count, percentages, means and ranks were used to analyze the data.

DISCUSSION OF RESULTS

Profile of the Respondents
Majority of the respondents (92, 95.83%) which were sent by their barangay captains to represent their...
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