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Mathematics holds a key position in the school curriculum and invirtually all countries it is a core component of the school curriculum It is also seen as a pivotal subject both in its own right and alsobecause of its important connections in diverse fields such as thenatural sciences engineering medicine and the social sciences Keith2000 However for the past three decades there has been a growingconcern about the falling standards of students achievements inmathematics at both national and international levels Blum 2002Toerner and Sriraman 2006 The falling standards of students achievement and the problem ofstudents exhibiting dislike and anxiety towards mathematics has becomeone of the major concerns for parents teachers and educationalauthorities for some time now There is a large body of literatureemphasising on students dislike for mathematics and a considerablenumber of studies have investigated into this issue and how it impactson students learning of mathematics In general most students spendhundreds of hours in mathematics classes both at school and at home topass their mathematics examinations However most of these studentshave not been successful in achieving this and a number of them stillfind it difficult entering into institutions of higher learning due topoor grades in mathematics Agudelo-Valderrama 1996 Blum 2002 Those who have been successful in passing their mathematics examinationssometimes find it difficult applying the mathematical concepts they havelearnt in situations outside the classroom thus not realising theimportance and the links of the mathematics they learn at school to reallife situations Masingila 1993 Thus most students constructmathematical knowledge through the learning of procedures and formulaerather than the meaning of these procedures and it is not surprising weoften hear many students asking questions like where will I use thiskind of mathematics What are we learning this for Masingila 1993Agudelo-Valderrama 1996 How students experience mathematics in schools and students abysmalperformance in mathematics over the years has therefore become a majorconcern in almost every part of the world
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