MATHEMATICS IN THE MODERN WORLD AS A SCIENCE OF PATTERNS

Background and Objective: Mathematics in the Modern World (MMW) is one of the general education courses in the New General Education Curriculum (NGEC) in higher education institutions in the Philippines. Awareness of students’ experiences and attitude toward this new course is necessary for the improvement of instruction.

Methods and Findings: A total of 109 first year college students were administered with a questionnaire to find out their attitude toward mathematics and a set of open-ended questions regarding their realizations and challenges encountered in MMW class. Results show that students exhibited positive attitude toward Mathematics in the Modern World. Students recognized the importance of mathematics in one’s life and in the society.

Conclusion: Students thrive well in a learning environment that fosters exploration, creativity, collaboration, love and respect. With this, every student will begin to like, do, and love mathematics, then succeed.

Keywords: Mathematics in the Modern World, New General Education Curriculum, Attitude towards Math, Challenges in Math Class.