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Apawu, Jones; Owusu-Ansah, Nana Akosua; Akayuure, Peter – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018

The aim of this study was to examine the working processes employed by Ghanaian senior high school students when dealing with tiling pool problem algebraically. The study employed survey design, with a total sample of 304 Senior High School Form 1 students from three Senior High Schools in the Central Region of Ghana. Data were collected through…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction

Haara, Frode Olav; Bolstad, Oda Heidi; Jenssen, Eirik S. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017

The development of mathematical literacy in schools is of significant concern at the policy level, and research is an important source of information in this process. This review article focuses on areas of research interest identified in empirical projects on mathematical literacy, and how mathematical literacy in schools is approached by…

Descriptors: Numeracy, Educational Research, Educational Practices, Concept Formation

O'Meara, Niamh; Fitzmaurice, Olivia; Johnson, Patrick – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017

Mathematics teacher educators in the University of Limerick became aware of a lack of conceptual understanding of key mathematics concepts of prospective secondary mathematics teachers through observation on teaching placement and in pedagogy lectures. A pilot study to enhance the conceptual understanding of prospective teachers was carried out…

Descriptors: Standards, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education

Fyhn, Anne Birgitte – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017

Students in Norway and other countries experience vectors as a difficult topic. Four young skilled climbers, who all did well in mathematics at school, participated in the Vector Study (VS). They participated for free and each lesson lasted until the students decided it was over. The idea was to investigate how climbing may function as a basis for…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Algebra, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics

Ramful, Ajay; Bedgood, Danny; Lowrie, Thomas – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

This paper is the outcome of a collaborative endeavour between mathematics and science educators where the insight from each field mutually informed one another. Specifically, building on the knowledge base from mathematics education research, this study analyses the ways in which percent is interpreted by first year university students in general…

Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Chemistry

Bot, Thomas D.; Eze, John E. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

This article presents the findings from an experimental study on the effectiveness of concept mapping and cooperative learning strategies on SSII students' achievement in trigonometry in mathematics. The research design used in conducting the study was quasi-experimental pre-test and post-test non-equivalent control group. The sample consisted of…

Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cooperative Learning, Concept Mapping, Mathematics Achievement

Laswadi; Kusumah, Yaya S.; Darwis, Sutawanir; Afgani, Jarnawi D. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

Conceptual understanding (CU) and procedural fluency (PF) are two important mathematical competencies required by students. CU helps students organizing their knowledge into a coherent whole, and PF helps them to find the right solution of a problem. In order to enhance CU and PF, students need learning experiences in constructing knowledge and…

Descriptors: Junior High School Students, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Mathematical Concepts

Scott, Fraser J. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

The "mathematics problem" is a well-known source of difficulty for students attempting numerical problem solving questions in the context of science education. This paper illuminates this problem from a biology education perspective by invoking Hogan's numeracy framework. In doing so, this study has revealed that the contextualisation of…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Numeracy, Biology, Science Instruction

Berman, Abraham; Shvartsman, Ludmila – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

In this paper we describe an experiment in a linear algebra course. The aim of the experiment was to promote the students' understanding of the studied concepts focusing on their definitions. It seems to be a given that students should understand concepts' definitions before working substantially with them. Unfortunately, in many cases they do…

Descriptors: Definitions, Relevance (Education), Algebra, Science Experiments

Khan, Sumaira; Haider, Syed Zubair; Bukhari, Amjad Ali – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

The main objective of this research is to study the different instruction strategies implemented by Mathematics teachers and evaluating its affect on Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) level. To complete the study, two samples 34 teachers and 217 students were taken randomly. A five point Likert scale comprising 40 statements was prepared and…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Shahbari, Juhaina; Daher, Wajeeh – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

This study came to characterize the features of mathematical models built by mathematics pre-service teachers for a model eliciting activity. Fourteen groups participated in building the models. We used a combination of deductive and inductive content analysis to characterize the pre-service teachers' elicited models, taking into account features…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Models, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction

Egodawatte, Gunawardena; Stoilescu, Dorian – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

The purpose of this mixed-method study was to investigate grade 11 university/college stream mathematics students' difficulties in applying conceptual knowledge, procedural skills, strategic competence, and algebraic thinking in solving routine (instructional) algebraic problems. A standardized algebra test was administered to thirty randomly…

Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, College Bound Students

Imamoglu, Yesim; Togrol, Aysenur Yontar – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

This study was conducted with 93 freshmen and 82 senior prospective mathematicians and mathematics teachers in order to investigate how they construct and evaluate proofs and whether there are any significant differences in their proof construction (with respect to department and grade) and proof evaluation (with respect to department)…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Preservice Teachers

Pešic, Duška; Pešic, Aleksandar – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

In this paper we introduce a new collaborative technique in teaching and learning the epsilon-delta definition of a continuous function at the point from its domain, which connects mathematical logic, combinatorics and calculus. This collaborative approach provides an opportunity for mathematical high school students to engage in mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Mathematics, Calculus, Secondary School Mathematics

Usman, Ahmed Ibrahim – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

Knowledge and understanding of mathematical operations serves as a pre-reequisite for the successful translation of algebraic word problems. This study explored pre-service teachers' ability to recognize mathematical operations as well as use of those capabilities in constructing algebraic expressions, equations, and their solutions. The outcome…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts, Secondary School Mathematics, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

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