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Rieche, Helene; Leuders, Timo; Renkl, Alexander – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019

Students' beliefs that mathematical abilities are fixed can cause long-standing problems with motivation and learning. Hence, teachers should notice such problematic beliefs about identity among their students and handle them adequately. We used written descriptions of classroom situations to determine whether preservice mathematics teachers (n =…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Foreign Countries

Hästö, Peter; Palkki, Riikka; Tuomela, Dimitri; Star, Jon R. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019

Flexibility is an important element in learning mathematics. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether flexibility in linear equation solving predicts future academic achievement in mathematics and other subjects. Participants were 149 Finnish high-school students. Results show that flexibility was related to grades in both tracks of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests, High School Students

Bolstad, Oda Heidi – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019

This article reports a qualitative inquiry into school leaders' and teachers' rationales for teaching to develop students' "mathematical literacy." The study is rooted in an exploration of the meanings that the school leaders and teachers hold about the term mathematical literacy. Six leaders and three grade 9 mathematics teachers from…

Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Numeracy, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes

Usman, Ahmed Ibrahim – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017

The paper investigates geometric errors students made as they tried to use their basic geometric knowledge in the solution of the Applied Calculus Optimization Problem (ACOP). Inaccuracies related to the drawing of geometric diagrams (visualization skills) and those associated with the application of basic differentiation concepts into ACOP…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Applications, Geometry, Calculus

Scott, Fraser J. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

The "mathematics problem" is a well-known source of difficulty for students attempting numerical problem solving questions in the context of science education. This paper illuminates this problem from a biology education perspective by invoking Hogan's numeracy framework. In doing so, this study has revealed that the contextualisation of…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Numeracy, Biology, Science Instruction

Khan, Sumaira; Haider, Syed Zubair; Bukhari, Amjad Ali – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

The main objective of this research is to study the different instruction strategies implemented by Mathematics teachers and evaluating its affect on Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) level. To complete the study, two samples 34 teachers and 217 students were taken randomly. A five point Likert scale comprising 40 statements was prepared and…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Magen-Nagar, Noga – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016

Teaching mathematics while learning from students' mistakes, errors and misconceptions, is most important for meaningful learning. This study was based on intervention programs prepared by preservice teachers. It aimed to examine their knowledge of assessment of errors in mathematics amongst pupils with learning disabilities, and their use as a…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Disabilities

Egodawatte, Gunawardena; Stoilescu, Dorian – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

The purpose of this mixed-method study was to investigate grade 11 university/college stream mathematics students' difficulties in applying conceptual knowledge, procedural skills, strategic competence, and algebraic thinking in solving routine (instructional) algebraic problems. A standardized algebra test was administered to thirty randomly…

Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, College Bound Students

An, Song A.; Tillman, Daniel A. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

The purpose of the current research was to examine the effects of a sequence of classroom activities that integrated mathematics content with music elements aimed at providing teachers an alternative approach for teaching mathematics. Two classes of third grade students (n = 56) from an elementary school in the west coast of the United States…

Descriptors: Music Activities, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach, Elementary School Mathematics

Imamoglu, Yesim; Togrol, Aysenur Yontar – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

This study was conducted with 93 freshmen and 82 senior prospective mathematicians and mathematics teachers in order to investigate how they construct and evaluate proofs and whether there are any significant differences in their proof construction (with respect to department and grade) and proof evaluation (with respect to department)…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Preservice Teachers

Applebaum, Mark – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

Teachers' critical thinking skills are essential for fostering the development of the same skills in their students. To demonstrate how teachers' ability to examine solutions critically can be developed and supported, we analyse a classroom activity performed by a group of pre-service secondary school mathematics teachers (N = 37) who were asked:…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Critical Thinking, Mathematics Skills, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Haara, Frode Olav – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

From a system theoretically grounded point of view, a hierarchy of primary and secondary impact factors influencing the mathematics teacher's choice to use practical activities in mathematics teaching is suggested initially in the article. A study, based on qualitative responses from mathematics teachers, then gives grounds for suggesting that a…

Descriptors: Classification, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Qualitative Research

Große, Cornelia S. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

The application of mathematics to real-world problems is moving more and more in the focus of attention of mathematics education; however, many learners experience huge difficulties in relating "pure" mathematics to everyday contents. In order to solve "modeling problems", it is first necessary to find a transition from a…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Usman, Ahmed Ibrahim – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015

Knowledge and understanding of mathematical operations serves as a pre-reequisite for the successful translation of algebraic word problems. This study explored pre-service teachers' ability to recognize mathematical operations as well as use of those capabilities in constructing algebraic expressions, equations, and their solutions. The outcome…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts, Secondary School Mathematics, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Adult Science Learners' Mathematical Mistakes: An Analysis of Responses to Computer-Marked Questions

Jordan, Sally – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014

Inspection of thousands of student responses to computer-marked assessment questions has brought insight into the errors made by adult distance learners of science. Most of the questions analysed were in summative use and required students to construct their own response. Both of these things increased confidence in the reliability of the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education