Investigation on How Pre-service Elementary Mathematics Teachers Write and Use Mathematical Definitions


Feride ÖZYILDIRIM-GÜMÜŞ , Yeter ŞAHİNER


Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine whether pre-service elementary mathematics teachers could write and use mathematical definitions. For this reason, the question sheet containing two questions, was given to 76 pre-service teachers in a public university who was taking general mathematics course. Qualitative research method was used during data analysing. According to the answers given by them, five themes for the first and six themes for the second question were classified. In order to reach detailed results, semi- structured interviews were conducted with one pre-service teacher for each theme. Findings showed that they had difficulties in writing a formal definition assumed to be known and in using a given definition assumed to be not known of a mathematical concept.


Keywords

Writing and using mathematical definitions, pre-service teachers

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Mathematics Education
Pages 511 - 522
Issue IEJEE, Volume 9, Issue 3
Date of acceptance 13 March 2017
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Downloaded (times) 101

Author(s) Details

Feride ÖZYILDIRIM-GÜMÜŞ

Aksaray University, Turkey


Yeter ŞAHİNER

Hacettepe University, Turkey


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