International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The visual representation usage levels of mathematics teachers and students in solving verbal problems
Gürsel Güler, Alper Çiltas

Abstract
The present study aimed at determining the relationship between the visual representation usage levels of primary school mathematics teachers in solving verbal problems which do not include any figure, image, graphic and similar depiction and the levels of the visual representation usage in their students in similar problems. This study included 6 mathematics teachers and 121 sixth grade students who were taught by these teachers. In the study, 6 questions of the Mathematical Processing Instruments-MPI test which consist of 15 questions which was developed by Hegarty & Kozhevnikov [1] and a Likert type test which consist of 14 items were used. Consequently, a positive relationship was found between the visual representation usage levels of teachers and students in solving verbal problems. Parallel to this relationship, it was found that the students of the teachers using visual representations are frequently more successful at problem solving and that they have positive beliefs about the use of visual representations in solving verbal mathematical problems.

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