Effects of the enriched history of Mathematics course on prospective Mathematics teachers
Effects of the enriched history of Mathematics course
This study aims to determine how the primary school mathematics teacher candidates' subject matter knowledge about the history of mathematics and their attitudes and beliefs about the use of the history of mathematics in mathematics education changed after the history of mathematics lesson and to explain to what extent their subject matter knowledge about the history of mathematics predicts their attitudes and beliefs towards the use of the history of mathematics in mathematics education. Furthermore, it is aimed to better explain quantitative data by referring to the opinions of the teacher candidates. In this respect, the research was designed according to the exploratory sequential mixed methods in which quantitative and qualitative methods were used together. In the quantitative part, pretest/posttest experimental design without a control group was used, while in the qualitative part, teachers' opinions were considered. A total of 40 primary mathematics teacher candidates participated in the study. As a data collection tool, the knowledge test of history of mathematics (KTHM), Attitudes and Beliefs towards the Use of History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education (ABHME) Questionnaire, and interview form were used. Descriptive analysis, paired samples t test, correlation and regression analysis were used for the analysis of quantitative data. Also, In the analysis of qualitative data, content analysis was employed. After the experimental procedure, KTHM and ABHME scores of teacher candidates were significantly increased. However, it was concluded that the candidates' KTHM scores significantly predicted their ABHME scores.
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