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Prospective Secondary Teacher’ Beliefs About Mathematical Problem Solving

Mkomange, W. C. and Ajagbe, Akintunde M. (2012) Prospective Secondary Teacher’ Beliefs About Mathematical Problem Solving. IRACST- International Journal of Research in Management & Technology (IJRMT), 2 (2). pp. 154-163. ISSN 2249-9563

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The main purpose of this study was to explore prospective teachers’ beliefs on mathematical problem solving. This research was a survey study that uses a questionnaire to collect data from prospective secondary teachers at the Faculty of Education. The data was analyzed using Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16.0. Findings from this study reveals the following; that majority of prospective mathematics teachers held positive beliefs on the importance of understanding mathematics problems, problems with multiple ways of solution, the kind of mathematics instruction that are emphasized by the principles of new mathematics curriculum. Considering the aforementioned findings from analysis of questionnaires the study concludes that; those prospective mathematics teachers’ beliefs about mathematical problem solving have strong connection to their study level and prospective teachers have both traditional and contemporary views about mathematical problem solving. In view of the study findings and conclusions, the researcher advice educational policy makers to ensure that more researches on teacher beliefs are conducted and an ongoing mathematical problem solving beliefs assessment should be a major component at Teacher Training Institutes. Teacher educators should raise student teachers’ awareness about mathematical problem solving once they join programs. A revision of teachers’ mathematics pedagogical courses and content courses should be a continuous process at Universities of Education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Beliefs, Prospective Teachers, Mathematical Problem solving, Secondary Students, Malaysia.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 13:08
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2015 13:08

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