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ERIC Number: EJ1084372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Pre-Service Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Behaviors in the Proving Process
Ugurel, Isikhan; Morali, Sevgi; Melike Yigit Koyunkaya,; Karahan, Özge
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v12 n2 p203-231 Feb 2016
Pre-service secondary mathematics teachers' (PSMTs) understanding and ability of constructing a proof is not only important for their own learning process, but also important for these PSMTs to help their future students learn how to do proofs. Therefore, this study is focused on and explains PSMTs' behaviors that they revealed throughout the proving process of a proposition. In this qualitative case study, the participants were fifteen volunteer PSMTs from a public university in Turkey. The participants were given a proposition which they were asked to think aloud and prove it on the blackboard. The findings of this study show that PSMTs' behaviors and thoughts regarding the given proposition were limited. In detail, PSMTs had difficulties in application of mathematical language and notations,understanding the meaning of the given proposition, knowing where to get started on a proof, using examples efficiently, using appropriate and efficient methods to construct the proof, and defining logical structures of the proposition to construct the proof.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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