ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS EDUCATION: ARE STUDENTS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT LEARNING MATHEMATICS? STUDENTS’ AND TEACHER PERSPECTIVES
The objective of this study is to investigate the varying attitudes and requirements of elementary school children in the domain of mathematics, taking into account both gender differences and general trends. The study design used is descriptive research, using both quantitative and qualitative analytic methodologies. This study is enhanced by the use of triangulation techniques to combine several research methodologies and data sources, including semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, and direct observation. The data was analyzed using descriptive quantitative measures and also including the qualitative approach adapted by Huber and Froehlich. The sample was carried out using a convenience sampling approach determined by Krejcie and Morgan also Issac and Michael formula. Eighty grade V primary school students completed the questionnaire, while a teacher and 24 students were interviewed. The data in this study is valid and reliable with a Cronbach Alpha value of 0.78. The findings indicated that children' judgments of enthusiasm and ambition in studying mathematics were significantly high. Moreover, the mathematical aptitude exam yielded "good" scores, but falling within the lower range of this group. According to the research findings, pupils need further comprehension of fundamental mathematical operations, particularly multiplication and division. Furthermore, throughout the process of learning, it is anticipated that instructors would consistently provide students with progressively complex mathematical problems and continuously enhance their appreciation in order to ignite student excitement. The study also aims to provide a fundamental analysis to develop mathematics learning media products. This analysis will consider the impact on elementary school students' enthusiasm, benefiting writers, teachers, researchers, and readers. Ultimately, the findings will assist teachers and students in enhancing the learning process.
Mathematics in Elementary Education, Mathematics Enthusiastic, Students’ Perspectives.