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ERIC Number: EJ848967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Cyclical Nature of Problem-Solving Process: Case Study of Trainees in a Teachers' Training Institute
Yong, Koay Chen; Saleh, Fatimah
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v31 n1 p44-64 Jun 2008
This study explores the mathematical problem-solving process of trainee teachers in a teachers' training institute. This research adopts a constructivist perspective that views learning mathematics as a process of constructing meaningful representation and knowledge as being constructed by the individual. The research methodology employs the case study using interpretative approach. Three trainees majoring in mathematics from the Post Graduate in Teaching Course were selected by purposive sampling. Data were collected by audio and video taping the trainee teachers while they were solving three tasks individually using the "think-aloud" technique, followed by retrospection and clinical interviews. The findings revealed that the problem-solving process of the trainee teachers did not progress in a linear manner but rather moved back and forth with the earlier phases of problem solving in a cyclical nature. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia