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Feedback of teachers and pupils on mathematical tasks in additional mathematics classes from 3rd to 5th grade

Mateja Železnik (2018) Feedback of teachers and pupils on mathematical tasks in additional mathematics classes from 3rd to 5th grade. MSc thesis.

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    The leading creative mathematical activity, we need to offer to the gifted pupils, is solving mathematical problems. In supplementary lessons talented pupils should gain new experiences, different knowledge and skills, according to their preferences and interests, and considering the selection of tasks or problems. The diversity of tasks and the awareness what pupils desire have an important impact on motivation in solving mathematical tasks. In this master’s thesis, we have thoroughly defined mathematically talented pupils. We have outlined how identifying mathematically gifted students in primary school proceeds, their characteristics, the nature of mathematical ability, work with the mathematically talented during the regular mathematic lessons and in supplementary mathematic lessons. We have outlined the types of knowledge according to Gagne’s Taxonomy, with the emphasis on solving mathematical problems. We have connected problem solving tasks with the students’ learning motivation. The purpose of the research was to determine the popularity of different types of tasks in the supplementary lessons from the point of view of teachers and pupils, and consequently the connection between the desired and the actual use of the tasks in supplementary maths lessons from the third to the fifth grade. The empirical part consists of three parts. The first part of the research presents the survey of the questionnaires for the teachers, the results of the pupil’s questionnaire are presented in the second part, and the third part of the survey presents the implementation of a supplementary mathematical lesson and the analysis of the interviews with 3rd grade primary school pupils. The results have showed that pupils in supplementary maths lessons want more advanced and motivationally more inspiring tasks. However, we cannot generalize that all gifted pupils want extra lessons to deal with more difficult tasks. Considering that gifted pupils have to be offered mainly problem tasks, the results have showed that teachers do not use them often enough. The most popular tasks with students are those solved in groups, but the ones that pose a challenge are preferred among teachers. The least desirable tasks with students as well as teachers are thus which require prolonged calculation. The research of teacher and student’s attitudes towards mathematical tasks can contribute to higher quality supplementary lessons and better work with mathematically talented pupils. With the participation of teachers and pupils, work could be simplified and adapted to the students’ preferences. In this way, students would develop their potential and progress successfully.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: mathematical tasks, supplementary lessons, mathematics, teachers, students, encouragement, mathematical talent, problem tasks, Gagne’s taxonomy
    Number of Pages: 85
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Vida Manfreda KolarMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11990857)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5067
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 13:41
    Last Modified: 09 May 2018 13:41
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5067

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