Abstract


WHAT DO THE PARENTS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN EXPECT FROM MATHEMATICS

The purpose of the current study is to determine the expectations of the parents who have children in the first grade of primary school from mathematics. The study employed the case study design, one of the qualitative research designs. The study group of the current research is comprised of 20 parents of first grade primary school students attending a private school in the city of Mu─čla in the 2019-2020 school year. The participating parents were asked seven open-ended questions prepared by the researchers and reviewed by the experts. In the analysis of the collected data, descriptive analysis was used. According to the findings of the current study, the parents’ expectations from math classes can be listed as follows: mathematics should be instructed in such a way as to make students love it, students should be able to use what they have learned in math classes in real life, the math teacher should endear mathematics to students, schools should have adequate tools and equipments necessary for effective teaching of math and should contribute to the creation of a learning environment making learning math fun. Moreover, the parents want their children to acquire problem solving skill and ability to conduct operations in their minds. They stated that they trust the teacher about the selection and use of educational and instructional materials in math classes and that the teacher should use appropriate materials. They also stated that mathematics is important to be successful in life and that the biggest problem in math teaching is students’ prejudiced opinions about the difficulty of mathematics as a school subject. They stated that this prejudice about mathematics can be handled by making mathematics teaching fun and using different methods that will attract the attention of students.



Keywords

Mathematics course, expectation, primary school, parent, student


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