Pre-Service Elementary Teachers’ Motivation and Ill-Structured Problem Solving in Korea
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Ewha Womans University
Publication date: 2016-07-02
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Min Kyeong Kim   

Ewha Womans University, Dept. of Elementary Education, Ewha Womans University, 120-750 Seoul, Korea (South)
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2016;12(6):1569-1587
This article examines the use and application of an ill-structured problem to pre-service elementary teachers in Korea in order to find implications of pre-service teacher education with regard to contextualized problem solving by analyzing experiences of ill-structured problem solving.

Material and methods:
Participants were divided into small groups depending on the level of motivation. They participated in a five-step phase labeled A-B-C-D-E [Analyze-Browse-Create-Decision making-Evaluate] for problem solving evaluations.

Result showed that the phase-specific analysis of ill-structured problem solving processes from the level of motivation could decide the quality of their problem solving in subsequent phases.

There is a strong need to recognize the necessity of developing problems based on a realistic situational context in pre-service teacher education, and to offer opportunities to mathematize I-S problems to further identify the mathematical potential from everyday math.

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