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REEVALUATING TEACHING STRATEGIES IN MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS !N SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Mohd Sahar Sauian

Abstract


Numerous studies had shown that rural students are lagged behind in
mathematical subjects compared to their urban counterparts,
particularly in developing countries. This argument is normally
characterized and expounded by exposing the negative factors such as
students' attitude, cultural background, poor environment and
facilities, command of language, lack of graduate teachers as well as
poor mode of teaching methodologies. It has also been known that
the single factor of "attitudinal problem" has chain-effects in their poor
performance in schools.
This paper attempts to highlight some of the ways to arouse students'
interest in leaming Mathematics and Statistics. Various teaching
methodologies suitable for rural students are discussed. Furthermore,
the application of "contextual-based" teaching approach rather than the
"content-based' teaching approach is found to be more beneficial for
rural students in the teaching of mathematical subjects.


Keywords: attitudinal problems, arxiety cycle, good mathematics
lessorl contextual based teaching, content-based teaching
examination-oriented teaching, proactive modeling group tessellation.


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