Article

Prospective elementary teachers' beliefs about collaborative problem solving and dialogue in mathematics

Citation

Xenofontos C & Kyriakou A (2017) Prospective elementary teachers' beliefs about collaborative problem solving and dialogue in mathematics. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 19 (2), pp. 142-158. https://mted.merga.net.au/index.php/mted/article/view/369

Abstract
This study is concerned with prospective elementary teachers’ beliefs about collaborative problem solving and dialogue in mathematics classrooms. Participants (n=16) attended an undergraduate module titled Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics, which was specifically designed to provide them with opportunities in collaborative problem solving and dialogic activities. Students were invited to answer an open-ended questionnaire at the beginning and end of the course. In addition, at the end of the semester, students wrote individual reflective reports commenting on their experiences. Qualitative analyses revealed three areas of beliefs for which positive changes were observed: (a) dialogue and its relation to school mathematics, (b) the characteristics of a ‘good’ interlocutor, and (c) the importance of collaborative problem solving. This paper closes with a discussion concerning the implementations of our findings and suggestions for future research.

Keywords
prospective teachers; beliefs; collaborative problem solving; dialogue

Journal
Mathematics Teacher Education and Development: Volume 19, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2017
Publication date online30/11/2017
Date accepted by journal08/02/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26811
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Publisher URLhttps://mted.merga.net.au/index.php/mted/article/view/369
ISSN1442-3901