PREPAREDNESS TO ENGINEERING PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN MATHEMATICS OF GRADE 12 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) STUDENTS

This descriptive-comparative study investigated the mathematics performance of the outgoing Grade 12 students of a university in Bacolod City and their preparation to tackle the mathematics of the engineering programs in college. A 30-item researcher-made questionnaire based on the subjects, pre-calculus and basic calculus was validated by three subject experts and reliability tested by Grade 12 students who were not part of the study. Stratified proportionate random sampling was used to the 137 respondents under the engineering cluster for the academic year 2019-2020. Mean, standard deviation, -test for independent samples, one-way analysis of variance and Post Hoc Analysis were the statistical tools used to analyze the results. It was found out that preparedness of the students to engineering Mathematics was not at the expected level although their academic performance was very satisfactory. Results showed that students were not that prepared to the mathematics of the college engineering programs. Those students whose grades were 85 and above in their mathematics subjects during their Grade 10 were more prepared to mathematics engineering programs than those with grades below 85. Thus, it is necessary that students should really be mathematically-prepared if they want to take up engineering programs in college.

Keywords: Mathematics Performance, Academic Performance, Preparedness of Students, Mathematics of Engineering Programs.

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