Preservice teachers' purposes of utilizing concrete materials

Tat, Emel Topbas
Bulut, Safure
The purposes of utilizing concrete materials in mathematics courses are not clear for some teachers. For this reason the purpose of the study is to determine preservice teachers’ opinions about using concrete materials in teaching mathematics. This study was designed as a qualitative study. Participants of the study consisted of 45 preservice elementary mathematics teachers. According to the results of the study, participants’ purposes to use concrete materials in school mathematics courses are collected under three categories namely, purposes in terms of student development, purposes in terms of subject matter, and purposes in terms of learning environment.