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ERIC Number: ED564144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
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Prospective Mathematics Teachers' Difficulties in Doing Proofs and Causes of Their Struggle with Proofs
Doruk, Muhammet; Kaplan, Abdullah
Online Submission, Bayburt University Journal of Education Faculty v10 n2 p315-328 Dec 2015
This research aims to expose prospective mathematics teachers' difficulties while proving, as well as the reasons behind such difficulties. The research includes 121 second year undergraduate prospective teachers studying at the primary mathematics teaching department of a state university in Turkey. The study has found that prospective teachers had serious deficiencies in doing proof. The primary difficulty experienced by prospective teachers is expressing definitions. This difficulty is respectively followed by understanding theorem statement, using mathematical language and notations, selecting proper proof strategy and method, distinguishing concepts, creating a proof structure using definitions, and the difficulty of expressing thoughts. In addition, interviews have been conducted with seven prospective teachers representing each difficulty using semi-structured interview form. Interviews with the participants have shown that the major causes of such difficulties stem from prospective teachers having a negative attitude about proofs, and the various shortcomings in learning and teaching proofs. [This paper was presented as a verbal presentation at the 1st International Eurasian Educational Research Congress.]
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey