Pre-Service Elementary Teachers’ Motivation and Ill-Structured Problem Solving in Korea
Min Kyeong Kim 1 * , Mi Kyung Cho 1
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1 Ewha Womans University* Corresponding Author


This article examines the use and application of an ill-structured problem to pre-service elementary teachers in Korea in order to find implications of pre-service teacher education with regard to contextualized problem solving by analyzing experiences of ill-structured problem solving.

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Participants were divided into small groups depending on the level of motivation. They participated in a five-step phase labeled A-B-C-D-E [Analyze-Browse-Create-Decision making-Evaluate] for problem solving evaluations.

Result showed that the phase-specific analysis of ill-structured problem solving processes from the level of motivation could decide the quality of their problem solving in subsequent phases.

There is a strong need to recognize the necessity of developing problems based on a realistic situational context in pre-service teacher education, and to offer opportunities to mathematize I-S problems to further identify the mathematical potential from everyday math.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 12, Issue 6, June 2016, 1569-1587

Publication date: 02 Jul 2016

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