Students’ Perception on Individual and Group Working Experience in a Math Problem Solving Activity

ID: 32596 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Hatice Sancar Tokmak, Mersin University, Turkey
  2. Nurtac Boz, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey

Tuesday, March 8 11:30-11:50 AM

Timothy Pelton, University of Victoria, Canada

The purpose of this study was to investigate student’ perception on individual and group working experience in a Math Problem Solving activity. With respect to this aim, an activity in which students would solve Math problems individually and with a group was arranged. The data collection methods were interview and observation. 12 students from the Department of Math Education participated to the study. Firstly, each student solved the problems on second degree equation including 8 questions on their own. Then, the students divided into 3 groups and each group consisted of 4 students. They were attained to the groups according to their wrong-right answers. After the groups were formed, the students solved the same problems with their group members. Then, all students were interviewed. The study showed that students found solving the problems with group more beneficial because they learnt different problem solving methods from the group members. Moreover, they stated that they were more active in the group work than individual work.


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