Improving the Creative Thinking Skills of the Next Generation of Mathematics Teachers Using Dynamic Mathematics Software

Tommy Tanu Wijaya, Ying Zhou, Andrew Ware, Neni Hermita

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Abstract

The case study reported in this paper investigated the effect of
project-based learning on students training to be mathematics teachers, pursuing
their final projects. The final projects had the aim of designing attractive and interactive mathematics learning material. The case study used a qualitative
method to assess the impact on the trainee teachers in terms of their creative design thinking. The research made use of the Hawgent dynamic mathematics
software package. The study participants were all students at Guangxi Normal
University, China. The students were divided into three groups, each with four
or five members. The results presented show that selecting material and combining it with art using dynamic mathematics software can improve prospective teachers’ communication skills, problem-solving ability, creative thinking, and self-confidence. Moreover, the future mathematics teachers needed motivation and support during their project’s lifecycle, which, in turn, had a positive effect on self-confidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-226
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning
Volume16
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Mathematics teaching
  • creative thinking
  • dynamic mathematics software
  • project-based learning

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