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Ngu, Bing Hiong – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2019

Solution representations can reveal how problem solvers communicate mathematical thinking and reasoning in problem-solving process. The present study examined the solution representations used by 20 pre-service teachers for the percentage change problems. The pre-service teachers were invited to solve a combination of simple and complex percentage…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Thinking Skills

Son, Ji-Won; Hu, Qintong; Lim, Woong – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2019

Despite the importance of computational estimation skill for the improvement of number sense, little research exists on preservice teachers' estimation skills and their view on estimation in the US context. This study examined the computational estimation skill of 58 preservice elementary teachers (PSTs) and its relationship to their views of the…

Descriptors: Computation, Mental Computation, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers

Tossavainen, Timo; Suomalainen, Hannele; Mäkäläinen, Tomi – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

We examine what kind of concept definitions of area a group of Finnish primary and lower secondary student teachers (N = 82) use, and how the quality of the definitions is associated with the participants' success in seven exercises involving area. We are especially interested in how the understanding of the two-dimensionality of area appears in…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers

Code, Warren; Merchant, Sandra; Maciejewski, Wes; Thomas, Matthew; Lo, Joseph – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

One goal of an undergraduate education in mathematics is to help students develop a productive disposition towards mathematics. A way of conceiving of this is as helping mathematical novices transition to more expert-like perceptions of mathematics. This conceptualization creates a need for a way to characterize students' perceptions of…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Attitudes, Undergraduate Students

Sahin, Ömer; Gökkurt, Burçin; Soylu, Yasin – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

The aim of the study is to examine prospective mathematics teachers' pedagogical content knowledge in terms of knowledge of understanding students and knowledge of instructional strategies which are the subcomponents of pedagogical content knowledge. The participants of this research consist of 98 prospective teachers who are studying in two…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers, Fractions, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Shahbari, Juhaina Awawdeh; Tabach, Michal – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

Growing awareness of the importance of modelling activities in mathematics education has raised the question of whether teachers are prepared to facilitate the engagement of students in such activities. The current study investigates the effects of how teachers cope with modelling activities in developing their abilities to identify modelling…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Hourigan, Mairéad; O'Donoghue, John – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

There is international dissatisfaction regarding the standard of mathematics subject matter knowledge (MSMK) evident among both qualified and prospective elementary teachers. Ireland is no exception. Following increasing anecdotal evidence of prospective elementary teachers in one Irish College of Education (provider of initial teacher education…

Descriptors: Action Research, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education

Almeida, Rut; Bruno, Alicia – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014

This paper analyses the strategies used by pre-service primary school teachers for solving simple addition problems involving negative numbers. The findings reveal six different strategies that depend on the difficulty of the problem and, in particular, on the unknown quantity. We note that students use negative numbers in those problems they find…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Problem Solving, Elementary School Mathematics

Ertekin, Erhan; Yazici, Ersen; Delice, Ali – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014

The aim of the present study is to determine the influence of concept definitions of cylinder and cone on primary mathematics student teachers' construction of relevant concept images. The study had a relational survey design and the participants were 238 primary mathematics student teachers. Statistical analyses implied the following: mathematics…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation

Patkin, Dorit; Gazit, Avikam – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

The paper presents findings of a small scale study of a few items related to problem solving with squares and roots, for different teacher groups (pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers: elementary and junior high school). The research participants were asked to explain what would be the units digit of a natural number to be squared in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Computation, Intuition

Abramovich, Sergei; Strock, Tracy – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2002

The paper describes the use of a spreadsheet in a mathematics teacher education course. It shows how the tool can serve as a link between seemingly disconnected mathematical concepts. The didactical triad of using a spreadsheet as an agent, consumer, and amplifier of mathematical activities allows for an extended investigation of simple yet…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Education Courses, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction