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ERIC Number: EJ815092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Making Mathematics Relevant for Students in Bali
Sema, Pryde Nubea
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n208 p24-25 May 2008
The reactions of students towards mathematics in Bali (in the NW Province of Cameroon) are appalling. This is due to a misconception regarding its uses. The author thinks that these problems derive partly from the influence that the Western curriculum has had in Bali--mathematical contexts are based around train times in Liverpool instead of from Njenka to Bamenda. These Western experiences have frightened whole generations away from mathematics and have made them wonder what mathematics is all about. Students fail to see mathematics as something that is present in their own daily lives, such as when measuring ingredients while cooking. Due to this, mathematics results have dropped drastically in schools in Bali Nyonga (the administrative sub-division) and in the whole country in general. After teaching in a secondary school and high school in Bali for five years, the author realized that the poor performance of the students was a result of not stimulating their interest in the relevance of mathematics. When teaching mathematics, it is important to consider the nature of the subject. The teacher must understand the interwoven nature of mathematical concepts. The author has found that practical equipment can provide a valuable resource in demonstrating this. In this article, the author outlines one example of how he has used practical equipment to make mathematics learning more relevant to college students. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia