Year 2020, Volume 9 , Issue 1, Pages 22 - 45 2020-01-31

Prospective mathematics teachers’ critical thinking processes about scientific research: Newspaper article example
Matematik öğretmeni adaylarının bilimsel araştırma hakkındaki eleştirel düşünme süreçleri: Gazete haberi örneği

Mehtap KUŞ [1] , Erdinç ÇAKIROĞLU [2]


This study aimed to explore how prospective middle school mathematics teachers think critically about a newspaper article that reported the findings of a statistical research. Participants of the study were four fourth-year students enrolled at the mathematics teacher education program of a public university. To investigate the research question of the study, case study method was employed. In-depth semi-structured interviews were done to examine participants’ critical thinking processes. The findings of the study indicated that prospective mathematics teachers made use of a variety of critical thinking processes (comprehending, making connections, inferring ideas, critiquing, and self-reflecting) and provided clues about the interrelated nature of these processes. This study would shed light on the characterization of critical thinking in the context of statistical literacy by suggesting a blended framework. It also suggests the design of the tasks including media articles to promote both statistical literacy and critical thinking in statistics education courses for prospective mathematics teachers.

Bu çalışmanın amacı, ortaokul matematik öğretmeni adaylarından istatistiksel bir araştırmanın bulgularını sunan bir gazete haberini okumaları istendiğinde öğretmen adaylarının nasıl eleştirel düşündüklerini incelemektir. Çalışmanın katılımcıları bir devlet üniversitesinde öğrenim gören dört son sınıf ortaokul matematik öğretmeni adayıdır. Araştırmanın amacına uygun olarak, durum çalışması yönteminden yararlanılmıştır. Çalışmanın ana veri toplama kaynağını, öğretmen adaylarıyla yapılan görüşmeler oluşturmaktadır. Yarı yapılandırılmış görüşmeler aracılığıyla katılımcıların eleştirel düşünme süreçleri derinlemesine incelenmiştir. Bu çalışmanın bulguları, ortaokul matematik öğretmeni adaylarının bilimsel araştırma içeren bir gazete haberini okurken çeşitli eleştirel düşünme süreçlerinden (anlama, bağlantı kurma, çıkarım yapma, eleştirme ve yansıtıcı düşünme) yararlandıklarını ortaya koymaktadır. Aynı zamanda bu eleştirel düşünme süreçlerinin birbirleriyle ilişki olduğuna dair ipuçları sunmaktadır. Bu çalışmanın, istatistiksel okuryazarlık bağlamında eleştirel düşünmenin tanımlanmasına ilişkin harmanlanmış bir teorik çerçeve sunarak, istatistik eğitimi ve eleştirel düşünme çalışmalarına ışık tutacağı öngörülmektedir. Ayrıca bu çalışma, matematik öğretmeni adayları için istatistik eğitimi derslerinde hem eleştirel düşünme hem de istatistiksel okuryazarlığın geliştirilmesi için medya metinleri içeren ders içeriklerinin geliştirilmesini önermektedir.

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Primary Language en
Subjects Education and Educational Research
Journal Section Research Articles
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0001-7891-9912
Author: Mehtap KUŞ (Primary Author)
Institution: AKSARAY UNIVERSITY
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0003-1182-0752
Author: Erdinç ÇAKIROĞLU
Institution: MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Country: Turkey


Dates

Publication Date : January 31, 2020

APA KUŞ, M , ÇAKIROĞLU, E . (2020). Prospective mathematics teachers’ critical thinking processes about scientific research: Newspaper article example. Turkish Journal of Education , 9 (1) , 22-45 . DOI: 10.19128/turje.605456