Investigation of pre-service mathematics teachers' critical thinking processes through stattistical and probabilistic knowledge in the context of popular media texts

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2013
Özen, Mehtap
The aim of the study is to investigate pre-service middle school mathematics teachers’ critical thinking processes through statistical and probabilistic knowledge in the context of popular media texts. The study was conducted with a qualitative case study method. Participants of the study consisted of four senior pre-service middle school mathematics teachers enrolled in a public university. Data were collected through in-depth interviews with the participants. Analysis of the data was conducted on the basis of two dimentions; critical thinking skills, and statistical and probabilistic knowledge. The results of the study indicated that pre-service middle school mathematics teachers reflected different critical thinking skills and made use of different statistical and probabilistic knowledge in different contexts. They mostly reflected interpretation skill on the basis of their statistical and probabilistic knowledge. Moreover, to what extent they made use of critical thinking skills was differentiated on the basis of their statistical and probabilistic knowledge. They reflected complicated critical thinking process dealing with conditional probability statements. They had difficulty with probabilistic statements underlying conditional probability especially in this process.
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M. Özen, “Investigation of pre-service mathematics teachers’ critical thinking processes through stattistical and probabilistic knowledge in the context of popular media texts,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.