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ERIC Number: ED500175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
The Impact of Overcoming Fixation and Gender on Divergent Thinking in Solving Maths Problems
Kandemir, Mehmet Ali
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Educational Technology (IETC) Conference (7th, Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, May 3-5, 2007)
The impact of fixation in solving math problems and that of gender on divergent thinking has been studied in this paper. The study was made in the academic year of 2006-2007, Fall Semester, at Necatibey Faculty of Education, Balikesir University. 229 first and second-year students at the Dept of Primary Math Teaching have been participated in the study. 70% of the prospective mathematics teachers have been found to be fixed in problem solving. There is no meaningful difference between the scores of those with fixation and those without fixation but the scores of those who have fixation in solving problems are slightly higher than the others. The impact of gender has been studied as a factor on divergent thinking but it has not been found to have a meaningful effect. The scores of female prospective mathematics teachers are slightly higher than the male ones. That is based of the fact that the fluency scores of female prospective teachers are higher than male group. The study shows that the prospective math teachers, who should improve their creative divergent thinking, have fixation in problem solving and the study also reveals the fact that teacher training should include creativity. (Contains 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey