Reflections from the Application of Different Type of Activities: Special Training Methods Course

Mihriban Hacisalihoglu Karadeniz


APA 6th edition
Karadeniz, M.H. (2017). Reflections from the Application of Different Type of Activities: Special Training Methods Course. European Journal of Educational Research, 6(2), 157-174. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.2.157

Harvard
Karadeniz M.H. 2017 'Reflections from the Application of Different Type of Activities: Special Training Methods Course', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 157-174. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.6.2.157

Chicago 16th edition
Karadeniz, Mihriban Hacisalihoglu . "Reflections from the Application of Different Type of Activities: Special Training Methods Course". (2017)European Journal of Educational Research 6, no. 2(2017): 157-174. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.2.157

Abstract

The aim of this study is to reveal the benefits gained from “Special Training Methods II” course and the problems prospective mathematics teachers encountered with it. The case study method was used in the study. The participants in the study were 34 prospective mathematics teachers studying at a Primary School Mathematics Education Department. The data collection tools were a form composed of open-ended questions and semi-structured interviews. Descriptive analysis of the quantitative data was carried out. In the “Special Teaching Methods II” course, beginning in the spring term of the 2015-2016 academic year, teaching activities on “multiple intelligences”, “discovery”, “group work”, “problem-solving”, “history of mathematics” and “computer-assisted teaching” were developed and implemented. It was concluded that these activities helped students like mathematics more, understand the importance of helping each other and cooperation and have more enjoyable lessons, as well as aiding their cognitive, social and emotional development. It was also found that through these activities participants improved their belief in themselves and increased their confidence regarding teaching mathematics. The participants also faced with some difficulties during the application process. They mostly mentioned that preparing worksheets was time-consuming, finding a school to perform the activity was hard and students were reluctant.

Keywords: Mathematics education, mathematics activities, special training methods, prospective teachers.


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