The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Performance of Grade 11 STEM Students in Precalculus and Its Implications to Teaching

Azenith Gallano-Mercado, Gulang-Gulang National High School, Lucena City, Philippines (Philippines)

Azalea A. Gallano, University of the Philippines Open UniversitynDepartment of Education (Philippines) (Philippines)


This research analyzed the performance in Precalculus of the STEM students in Gulang-Gulang National High School. This was a descriptive research using a case study approach. Particularly, the study focused on one of the subjects in Precalculus which is Algebra applied in Analytic Geometry. It did not include Mathematical Induction and Trigonometry in the investigation to highlight the math performance of respondents in JHS and SHS math. The research findings tell that the STEM students had grades of 75-93 in JHS math which mostly dealt with Algebra. Their answers to a Precalculus problem revealed their poor reading comprehension, non-mastery of skills in prerequisite subjects and weak performance in Precalculus. The findings implied that misalignment in the selection of SHS strands must be avoided.  In addition, reading comprehension must be developed among students. And, procedural and conceptual understanding of math lessons must be ensured through all possible ways. Lastly, this study paved way for the preparation of learning modules on prerequisite lessons in Precalculus to be used in the review sessions with STEM students.

Keywords: conceptual understanding, mathematics, misconceptions, Precalculus


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