Algebraic generalization strategies of number patterns used by pre-service elementary mathematics teachers


2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES-2010), İstanbul, Turkey, 4 - 08 February 2010, vol.2, pp.1142-1147 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.162
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1142-1147
  • Keywords: Number patterns, mathematics teacher education, generalisation strategies
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigates algebraic generalization strategies of 147 pre-service elementary mathematics teachers. Pre-service teachers were given five open ended linear and non-linear (quadratic) pattern problems which require them to find the general term of number patterns. Pre-service teachers' strategies to generalize and their use of mathematical models were analyzed. The analysis of data indicated that pre-service teachers described number pattern rules in relation to differences between terms and used visual models without a purpose. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.