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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

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

Kepceoglu, Ibrahim; Karadeniz, Serkan – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017

The aim of this study is to determine analogies that are used in Turkish secondary school mathematics textbooks. According to this aim, 7 textbooks are analysed: 3 of them are published by the commission of Ministry of Education and 4 of them are published by private publishing companies. The document analysis method is used in the study.…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks

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

Prendergast, Mark; O'Meara, Niamh – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

The Irish education system is unique in an international context as it sets aside a full school year for a transition and youth development programme in the middle of secondary education. The Transition Year (TY) programme is an optional, full time programme offered in the majority of secondary schools. Each school designs its own programme,…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Stopouts

Cunningham, Robert F.; Rappa, Anthony – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

Surveys were used to examine mathematics teachers (15) on their ability to solve similarity problems and on their likely implementation of lesson objectives for teaching similarity. All correctly solved a similarity problem requiring a traditional static perspective, but 7 out of 15 failed to correctly solve a problem that required a more…

Descriptors: Teacher Surveys, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction

Ubuz, Behiye; Duatepe-Paksu, Asuman – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

This paper explains what drama-based instruction is and offers insights into the phases in drama-based instruction. Further, examples of drama-based lessons in geometry related to ring and circle, and altitude of a triangle together with the teacher and students perceptions related to the strengths and limitations of drama based instruction in…

Descriptors: Geometry, Drama, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Savas Basturk – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

Attribution theory deals with the question of how individuals make judgments and seek to explain how they consider the causes of their behaviours and those of others. Attributions have the potential to affect beliefs, emotions and behaviour. Therefore, attribution theory has significantly contributed to the studies on motivation. This study…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Attribution Theory, Success, Failure

Bangcaya, Porferio S.; Alejandro, Grecebio Jonathan D. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

In this mixed-method study, the secondary schools in Western Visayas, Philippines offering special science program (SSP) were assessed as basis for delivery enhancement. The SSP along student-related factors and the extent of implementation in the areas of curriculum and instruction, laboratory facilities, and administration in terms of the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mixed Methods Research, Secondary School Mathematics, Achievement Tests

Applebaum, Mark – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 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:…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Critical Thinking, Mathematics Skills, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

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

Bossér, Ulrika; Lundin, Mattias; Lindahl, Mats; Linder, Cedric – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

Teachers may face considerable challenges when implementing socio-scientific issues (SSI) in their classroom practices, such as incorporating student-centred teaching practices and exploring knowledge and values in the context of socioscientific issues. This year-long study explores teachers' reflections on the process of developing their…

Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Educational Practices, Curriculum Implementation, Science and Society

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

Wegner, Sven-Ake – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014

In this article we present the prototype of a workshop on naive set theory designed for high school students in or around the seventh year of primary education. Our concept is based on two events which the author organized in 2006 and 2010 for students of elementary school and high school, respectively. The article also includes a practice report…

Descriptors: Workshops, Mathematical Concepts, Theories, Secondary School Mathematics