What do pre-service secondary mathematics teachers understand from the concept of sequence?


4th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), Barcelona, Spain, 2 - 05 February 2012, vol.46, pp.5301-5305 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 46
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.427
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.5301-5305
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to explore pre-service mathematics teachers' understanding of the concept of sequence. 55 pre-service secondary mathematics teachers from a university located in Turkey participated in this study and the data was collected through pre-service teachers' responses to open ended questions about sequence concept. The data was analyzed by using constant comparative analysis, and the findings indicated that pre-service teachers had some difficulties such as writing mathematical symbols formally, and confused logical explanations. In conclusion, most of pre-service teachers confused the convergence of a sequence with other kinds of sequences, like monotone or bounded. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer review under responsibility of Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu