Reflective thinking practices among secondary school Mathematics Teachers.

Elias, Habibah and Yueh, Jiuan Tee and Mahyuddin, Rahil and Uli, Jegak (2008) Reflective thinking practices among secondary school Mathematics Teachers. International Journal of the Humanities, 6 (2). pp. 145-150. ISSN 1447-9508

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to identify the practice of reflective thinking among secondary school mathematics teachers in the teaching and learning process. Reflective thinking in the study encompasses four constructs which are retrospective and predictive thoughts, critical inquiry, problem solving skills and acceptance and use of feedback. The study also identified factors affecting the practice of reflective thinking. This is a descriptive correlational study. The respondents of the study consisted of 147 mathematics teachers from 19 secondary schools in a district in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. They were selected using multistage sampling which involved simple random sampling and cluster sampling. Results of the study reveal that mathematics teachers practise reflective thinking moderately. However a strong emphasis was found on retrospective and predictive thoughts among teachers, while moderate practice was shown in the critical inquiry construct, problem solving skills and acceptance and use of feedback. Pearson correlation analysis showed significant positive relationships among reflective thinking practices with internal learning orientation (r=0.46, p<0.01) and efficiency in problem solving (r=0.43, p<0.01). .Multiple regression analysis revealed four factors which significantly affect reflective thinking practices, namely time constraints, teachers perception of mathematics learning, external learning orientation and skills in problem solving.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Reflective thinking practices; Secondary school; Mathematics Teachers.
Subject:Thought and thinking.
Subject:Mathematics - Study and teaching(Secondary).
Subject:Mathematics teachers - Training of.
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Educational Studies
Publisher:Common Ground Publishing
ID Code:16469
Deposited By: Emelda Mohd Hamid
Deposited On:18 Jul 2012 08:49
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