### Addressing Academic Deficiencies And Difficulties Of Graduate Students In The Ma Mathematics Program Of Dlsu- Dasmariñas

#### Abstract

The respondents took an 87- item validated teacher-made diagnostic test. The result of the study shows that only 12 (47.0%) out of the 26 students are mathematics majors; however, all of them are teaching mathematics subjects. Most of the respondents have taught mathematics for 6 to 10 years although about 53% of them lack higher mathematics subjects in their bachelor’s degree. Others who took higher mathematics have very limited knowledge, or have already forgotten the topics. Based on the result of the diagnostic test, the students had difficulty on items related to slope, fractions and probability as evidenced by their low proficiency rating on these topics, but they got high proficiency rating on topics such as algebraic expressions, measures of dispersion, and functions. Only 50% of the students answered the items correctly in general mathematics. Overall, the graduate students are fairly proficient in the background subjects required in pursuing the MA Mathematics Program.

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