TY - JOUR
TT - STUDENT ATTITUDES TO THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS IN THE REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA
AU - Milinković, Dragica
AU - Opsenica, Sanja
AU - Spasojević, Pero
PY - 2017
DA - April
DO - 10.18768/ijaedu.309800
JF - IJAEDU- International E-Journal of Advances in Education
JO - IJAEDU
PB - OCERINT International Organization Center of Academic Research
WT - DergiPark
SN - 2411-1821
SP - 37
EP - 46
VL - 3
IS - 7
KW - mathematics
KW - students' attitudes
KW - the indicators of crisis
KW - isolation from the real context
N2 - The education system in theRepublic of Srpska is mainly focused on the implementation of the curriculumand the adoption of content standardized by the program. Therefore, it is veryoften criticized and opposed because its orientation does not touch the"living context" of students and the expectations of an informalenvironment. This is especially true in the field of mathematical primaryeducation since the mathematics that is taught in school is not the one thatstudents are interested in, which requires reflection and applications in areal-life context, as it is taught in an abstract and highly formalized level,which requires logical reasoning. Hence, there is the antipathy and a highlevel of dissatisfaction and insecurity, especially during task solving whichare the aim and the means of learning in math.There is an unsatisfactory situation in the teaching of mathematicscharacterized by a multitude of negative evaluations and a large number ofstudents who ask for "private lessons". This points us to re-examineall the parameters which have an impact on the results of mathematicaleducation in primary schools, especially those that emphasize pupils who,according to the understanding of developmental psychology are in the center ofthe education system. To start with, it is urgent to point out the things whichthey are dissatisfied with in the teaching of mathematics and in a perspectivethat will adversely affect the development of mathematical literacy andmathematical competencies and then to their opinion, the teaching ofmathematics in primary school could become more attractive and therefore moreefficient.Accordingly, the empirical part of the work is organized in order toexamine students' attitudes about the state of primary mathematics teaching andthe factors that can contribute to better and more efficient teaching. By usingthe scaling technique on a sample of 157 students from the 8th and 9th gradesof primary schools in Bijeljina, we came to the results that indicate almostunanimous dissatisfaction of students with the teaching mathematics, first ofall, with outdated mode. The study contributed to the opening of the mostimportant problems in primary mathematics teaching, and indicated the paths towhich the theory and practice of teaching methodology of mathematics educationin primary education and education itself should be developed.
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