Pre-service Teachers Exploring the Role of Pattern-based Reasoning in the Context of Algebraic Thinking
Samuel Obara 1 *
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1 Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA
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Abstract

This paper explores how a group of pre-service elementary school teachers training to become mathematics teachers for elementary schools arrived at generalizations based on patterns. Two representative problems were investigated with these preservice teachers. The focus of this study was how these preservice teachers analyze and symbolize algebraically their generalizations during a problem-solving process. The results indicate that the preservice teachers had difficulty making use of input-output (having two variables in the table) relationships in a generalization process associated with developing symbolic functions. This study identifies the crucial need for introducing students to pattern activities early on in their lives.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejmste/109262

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2019 - Volume 15 Issue 11, Article No: em1763

Publication date: 09 May 2019

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