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ERIC Number: EJ1107804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2301-251X
Activating Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers' Critical Thinking
Applebaum, Mark
European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v3 n1 p77-89 2015
Teachers' critical thinking skills are essential for fostering the development of the same skills in their students. To demonstrate how teachers' ability to examine solutions critically can be developed and supported, we analyse a classroom activity performed by a group of pre-service secondary school mathematics teachers (N = 37) who were asked: (1) to solve a geometrical problem; and (2) to reflect upon different strategies that lead to contradictory solutions. The data demonstrate difficulties in students' ability to analyse possible mistakes and cope with mental dissonance when faced with contradiction.
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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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