Attitude and Error Patterns in Problem Solving


  • Alberto R. Sia Jr


The students’ accomplishment and satisfaction of Mathematics depend on how well they have gained the mastery of the use of certain problem solving as well as having developed a positive attitude towards problem solving as a mathematical mental discipline. This study focused on the attitude and error patterns in problem solving among second year college students of Isabela State University. The descriptive research design was used in the study and the attitudinnaire towards problem solving together a 20 item problem set were the principal data gathering tools used to elicit the needed information from 70 student participants. The stratified random sampling method with proportional allocation was used after determining the sample size through the Slovins formula. Analysis of students’ incorrect responses revealed that here is a consistent error pattern in all problems. The students have difficulty doing problem solving due to their negative attitude towards problem solving. Truly a student’s attitude or his attitudinal disposition towards a subject greatly influences his performance in the error pattern. The proposed enhancement plan which is an output of the study maybe implemented by the teachers on problem solving among students