This study aimed to explore prospective teachers’ performance on recognizing quadrilaterals with their special cases and constructing a hierarchical classification of them. The participants consisted of 44 freshmen studying at a public university’s elementary school mathematics education department. Data was collected with a question form containing two questions at the first day of the geometry course taught in the second term of the first year. For quantifying the data of the first question, while students who identify the prototypes of quadrilaterals and their special cases were given 1 and 2 points for each correct answer respectively, -1 point was given for each incorrect answer. The similarity index was employed to quantify students’ concept maps. We investigated that students could detect the prototypes of the quadrilaterals but not their special cases. Additionally, the similarity index between majority of freshmen’ concept maps and the referent map was found as low or moderate.
|Translated title of the contribution||Examining Prospective Mathematics Teachers' Understanding of the Classification of Quadrilaterals|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Alan Eğitimi Araştırmaları Dergisi|
|Publication status||Published - 03 Aug 2016|