The Realistic Reasons for Unrealistic Solutions of Pre-Service Primary School Mathematics Teachers in Non-Standard Word Problems: The Example from Turkey / İlköğretim Matematik Öğretmeni Adaylarının Standart Olmayan Dört İşlem Problemlerine Gerçekçi Olma
Problem solving is very important process in mathematics education. There are many different types of mathematical problems in the literature. One of the most important mathematical problems is non-standard word problems. Although its importance many people have issues about that kind of problems. In this study it was aimed to find out the reasons of future mathematics teacher students unrealistic solutions in solving non-standard word problems and their suggestions for overcoming this issue. A paper-pencil test consisting of 12 non-standard problems were implemented 126 pre-service primary school mathematics teachers and based on their solutions, after main data collection task-based interviews were conducted with 12 teacher trainees volunteered. According to the findings of the study culture of schooling, interpretation of problem situation, perceptions of problem solving activities, beliefs in mathematics, previous experience and Turkish exam system were found to be the main reasons for not excluding reality while solving non-standard word problems.
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