Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 5(12A), pp. 111 - 120
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2017.051317
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The Perspectives of Primary Mathematics Teacher Candidates about Equal Sign: The EEG Case


Ülkü Ayvaz *, Hakan Yaman , Nazan Mersin , Yasemin Yilmaz , Soner Durmuş
Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Faculty of Education, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

In this study, it was aimed to investigate the primary mathematics teacher candidates' perceptions about the equal sign within the scope of neuroscience studies. To reveal their perceptions about the equal sign, three types of addition operations were asked to the participants: , ,. Their brain waves were recorded by EEG device named as Neuron-Spectrum 4. Moreover, their ideas about the types of the questions were asked to support EEG data. As a result, it was found that the teacher candidates had more cognitive activity in parietal lobe while solving the questions of type two and three. In addition to this, they also showed more cognitive activity in frontal lobe for the type three questions. EEG results reveal that they had difficulty to answer these questions than the questions of type one as they also wrote on the interview form.

KEYWORDS
Brain, EEG, Equal Sign, Arithmetic Operations, Teacher Candidates

Cite this paper
Ülkü Ayvaz , Hakan Yaman , Nazan Mersin , Yasemin Yilmaz , Soner Durmuş . "The Perspectives of Primary Mathematics Teacher Candidates about Equal Sign: The EEG Case." Universal Journal of Educational Research 5.12A (2017) 111 - 120. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2017.051317.