Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(7), pp. 1721 - 1727
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040727
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Prospective Teachers' Beliefs about Problem Solving in Multiple Ways


Elif Esra Arikan *
Faculty of Education, Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze whether prospective teachers believe solving a mathematics problem involves in using different solution methods. 60 mathematics prospective teachers who take the pedagogic training program in a state university were participated in this study. Five open-ended questions were asked. The study was carried out by collecting data through interviews among qualitative research methods and content analysis technique through analyzing the data. The study started with a pre-implementation. In pre-implementation, prospective teachers solved a geometry problem at class with multiple methods and then they exchanged their ideas with each other. Findings of the study revealed that while 90 % of the prospective teachers stated that they believe the importance of solving problems with multiple methods, 10 % of them stated that they preferred solving many problems with a single method rather solving a problem by using multiple methods.

KEYWORDS
The Prospective Teachers' Beliefs, Problem-solving, Solving Problems by Using Multiple Methods, Central Examinations in Turkey

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Elif Esra Arikan , "Prospective Teachers' Beliefs about Problem Solving in Multiple Ways," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 4, No. 7, pp. 1721 - 1727, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040727.

(b). APA Format:
Elif Esra Arikan (2016). Prospective Teachers' Beliefs about Problem Solving in Multiple Ways. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 4(7), 1721 - 1727. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040727.