Students’ Workload and Mathematical Anxiety under the New DepEd K to 10 Curriculum of the Philippines

Maria Chona Zamora Futalan, Millard R. Mamhot

Abstract


The study tackles the workload of the students and how it affects their behavior towards learning Mathematics subject. The researchers utilized the descriptive-correlational design and triangulation process. There were 3 schools included in this study which were randomly selected. The respondents from these schools were purposively taken to isolate the variables on teacher-factor, monthly family income, and anxiety. They were the top 15 performing students from Grades 1 to 10 (n = 300). The researchers utilized a standardized questionnaire and employed the Mann-Whitney U test and Spearman’s rank-order correlation. The study revealed that the mathematical anxiety of the students was increasing and in its peak in Grade 9. An abrupt and significant change of their mathematical anxiety was depicted between Grades 5 and 6; and Grades 7 and 8. An overloaded curriculum and introduction of new subjects which were not adequately pre-spiraled were identified as causes of students’ growing fear towards learning Mathematics.


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