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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