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DOI

10.14221/ajte.2013v38n2.1

Abstract

This study aims at evaluating pre-service primary school mathematics teachers’ ability to discuss and question thinking processes of students about the concepts of variable, equality and equation, analyzing their ability to predict student difficulties and misconceptions, and in this respect presenting their subject matter knowledge and possible misconceptions on the related topic. The study was conducted with 130 the pre-service teachers in their fourth year studying elementary school mathematics teaching. The data were collected through a questionnaire that consists of open-ended questions and clinical interviews. The data obtained were analyzed qualitatively. The study found that in general the pre-service teachers were inadequate in terms of knowledge of students’ about algebraic concepts, they had insufficient subject matter knowledge and they had misconceptions.

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10.14221/ajte.2013v38n2.1