Preservice Mathematics Teachers’ Types of Mathematical Thinking: Use of Representations, Visual-Spatial Abilities and Problem Solving Performances

2017-02-05
The main purpose of this study was to examine preservice mathematics teachers’ types of mathematical thinking and to investigate whether there are any differences between different types of thinkers based on their problem solving performances, use of representations and visual-spatial abilities. The sample of the study consisted of 113 preservice mathematics teachers in a private and four public universities. The results showed that although problem solving performances were similar for each type of mathematical thinking, preservice teachers who adopted harmonic and geometric types of mathematical thinking preferred to use schematic representations more than analytic thinkers in their problem solving processes. The findings provided an insight about preservice teachers’ preferences for a visual approach and the implications of these preferences for teacher education programs were discussed.

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Citation Formats
B. Olgun, “Preservice Mathematics Teachers’ Types of Mathematical Thinking: Use of Representations, Visual-Spatial Abilities and Problem Solving Performances,” presented at the 10th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education CERME, Dublin, İrlanda, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://keynote.conference-services.net/resources/444/5118/pdf/CERME10_0521.pdf.