Investigation of Mathematical Literacy Levels of Prospective Primary Teachers

Özlem Özçakır Sümen

Abstract


Mathematical literacy is a person's ability to use mathematical knowledge in daily life situations and benefit from this information in solving problems. The mathematics education, which is disconnected from life, causes the individuals to acquire abstract knowledge in a way that he can not relate daily life with mathematics. The mathematical literacy levels of teachers are very important because of their training the mathematics literate individuals. For this reason, mathematical literacy levels of prospective primary teachers were examined in this study. For this purpose, prospective primary teachers were required to pose and solve the original problems which associate subjects of basic mathematics course to the daily life. Selected subjects are factorisation, first degree equations, inequalities and second degree equations. The study was carried out in the Education Faculty of Ondokuz Mayıs University in the 2016-2017 school year. The sample consists of 102 prospective teachers training in primary school teacher department. The method of the research is survey model and data was obtained from the worksheets prepared by prospective primary teachers for the determined subjects. In the study, the associating levels of prospective teachers basic  mathematics subjects with daily life, which mathematics subjects are most associated with daily life and differentiation of association levels by gender and mathematical achievements were investigated. Data was analyzed by descriptive analysis, t-test and ANOVA. As a result of the research, it has been seen that prospective primary teachers can associate these mathematics topics to daily life to a large extent.


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