An Examination of Teacher’s Questions for Revealing Students’ Mathematical Thinking

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Ali Bozkurt, Semra Polat

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This study examines  sixth grade students’ mathematical thinking,through comparing  their teacher's questions and their answers to thees questions. Five class videos taken consecutively in a particular sixth-grade classroom taught by a mathematics teacher were used as data resource. The dialogues in the videos were transcribed. The data were qualitatively analyzed. Within the scope of the analysis, codes were formed out of the participants’ answers, and their frequencies were calculated. According to the results, the teacher often used specific questions to remove students' missing, incorrect or uncertain answers, while they rarely used leading question types.   Also, he used general questions to allow the students to elaborate their explanations, thereby encouraging them to rethink their answers. Moreover, when the students answers were accurate and sufficient, the teacher preferred general question types.  

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