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The Effect of Problem Solving Instruction on Mathematical Thinking
The Effect of Problem Solving Instruction on Mathematical Thinking

Author(s): Yıldırım Bayazıt, Aslıhan Osmanoglu
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, Sociology, School education, Vocational Education, Educational Psychology, Social development, Sociology of the arts, business, education, Inclusive Education / Inclusion
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: Mathematical thinking; reasoning; problem solving strategies; mathematics education

Summary/Abstract: This research aims to examine the effect of problem solving instruction on mathematical thinking. The participants of the study include 213 university students (prospective teachers). The participants were required to answer 10 problems before they took “Mathematics Teaching” and “Irregular Problem Solving” courses. After the students successfully completed these courses they were required to answer 10 similar problems. During the data analysis t-test for related sampling and t-test for unrelated sampling were used. The difference in problem solving techniques has also been examined in terms of gender. The study findings show that the courses that the participants took resulted in mathematical thinking changes. The prospective teachers in the study learned the irregular problem solving techniques and successfully applied them in problem solving.

  • Issue Year: 89/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 80-89
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English