Preservice elementary mathematics teachers' mathematical problem solving beliefs I•lköǧreti•m matemati•k öǧretmen adaylarinin matemati•ksel problem çözmeye yöneli•k i•nançlari

Kayan F., Çakıroğlu E.

Hacettepe Egitim Dergisi, no.35, pp.218-226, 2008 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Name: Hacettepe Egitim Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.218-226
  • Keywords: Mathematical problem solving, Pre-service mathematics teachers, Teacher education
  • TED University Affiliated: No


This study aimed to investigate the kinds of beliefs pre-service elementary mathematics teachers held about mathematical problem solving. The participants consisted of 244 senior undergraduate students studying in Elementary Mathematics Teacher Education programs at 5 different universities in Turkey. The results indicated that, in general, the pre-service teachers held positive beliefs about mathematical problem solving. However, they still had several traditional beliefs related to the importance of computational skills in mathematics education, and following predetermined sequence of steps while solving problems.