Mathematics attitude and problem-solving ability :

Sub Title: their relations to science computational skills

Author: Valaquio, Riza De los Reyes

Accession Number: 171AR

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Copyright Year: 2014

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This descriptive research study aimed to find out the levels and relationships among mathematics attitiude, problem-solving ability, and science computational skills of selected freshman engineering students at the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City for the school year 2004-2005. The students' attitude towards mathematics was determined using the Mathematics Attitudinnaire developed by Cabardo (1994). Data for the students' problem-solving ability and science computational skills were taken from the scores gathered from the two validated researcher-made instruments: The Problem-solving Ability Test and the Science Computational Skills Test. Mean and standard deviation were used as descriptive statistical tools and Pearson's r set at 0.05 alpha level of significance as inferential statistical tool. All statistical computations were computer-processed through the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software. The students' level of attitude towards Mathematics was high and described to be positive. The levels of problem solving ability, and science computational skills of the students were found to be average. There was a negative and not significant correlation between the students' attitude towards mathematics and problem-solving ability. The students' mathematics attitude and science computational skills were negative and not significantly related. On the other hand, the students' problem-solving ability and science computational skills were positive and significantly correlated.


Keywords: Mathematics attitude, problem-solving ability, science computational skills

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