TY - JOUR

T1 - Defining mathematical problems and problem solving

T2 - Prospective primary teachers' beliefs in Cyprus and England

AU - Xenofontos, Constantinos

AU - Andrews, Paul

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - This paper presents a comparative analysis of prospective elementary teachers' mathematical problem solving-related beliefs in Cyprus and England. Twenty-four participants, twelve from a well-regarded university in each country, were interviewed qualitatively at the exit point of their undergraduate teacher education studies. Analyses revealed both similarities and differences in the ways in which prospective teachers in each country construe both mathematical problems and mathematical problem solving, indicating not only that their beliefs are culturally situated but also that the concepts of "mathematical problem" and "problem solving" have different meanings cross-culturally. Such findings challenge the received view in mathematics education research of definitional convergence with respect to both mathematical problems and problem solving. Some implications for policy making are discussed.

AB - This paper presents a comparative analysis of prospective elementary teachers' mathematical problem solving-related beliefs in Cyprus and England. Twenty-four participants, twelve from a well-regarded university in each country, were interviewed qualitatively at the exit point of their undergraduate teacher education studies. Analyses revealed both similarities and differences in the ways in which prospective teachers in each country construe both mathematical problems and mathematical problem solving, indicating not only that their beliefs are culturally situated but also that the concepts of "mathematical problem" and "problem solving" have different meanings cross-culturally. Such findings challenge the received view in mathematics education research of definitional convergence with respect to both mathematical problems and problem solving. Some implications for policy making are discussed.

KW - Cyprus

KW - England

KW - Mathematical problems

KW - Problem solving

KW - Prospective teachers' beliefs

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84901640677&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s13394-013-0098-z

DO - 10.1007/s13394-013-0098-z

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84901640677

VL - 26

SP - 279

EP - 299

JO - Mathematics Education Research Journal

JF - Mathematics Education Research Journal

SN - 1033-2170

IS - 2

ER -