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Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane

Mustafa Akıncı,Murat Genç.

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The purpose of this study was to investigate how pre-service elementary mathematics teachers explain three primitive terms: point, line, and plane. A qualitative exploratory case study design was conducted with 61 participants. The data collected by an open-ended questionnaire was analyzed through the content analysis technique by utilizing NVivo software. The findings showed that pre-service mathematics teachers tended to use signs related to both characteristics and the essence of the terms. This can be due to the fact that terms tried to be explained are the primitive terms and that the explanations given by Euclid about these terms are not easy to understand. In some explanations, more than one sign was used to make the definition more understandable. However, although the signs used for explaining the term seem to constitute its definition, these signs cannot always literally represent this term and cannot be used in place of that term.

Key words: Euclidean geometry, primitive terms, definition, point, line, plane, sign


 
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Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc. Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane. EEO. 2020; 19(4): 1925-1947. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588


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Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc. Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane. http://ilkogretim-online.org//?mno=121817 [Access: August 11, 2020]. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588


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Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc. Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane. EEO. 2020; 19(4): 1925-1947. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588



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Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc. Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane. EEO. (2020), [cited August 11, 2020]; 19(4): 1925-1947. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588



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Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc (2020) Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane. EEO, 19 (4), 1925-1947. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588



Turabian Style

Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc. 2020. Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane. Elementary Education Online, 19 (4), 1925-1947. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588



Chicago Style

Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc. "Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane." Elementary Education Online 19 (2020), 1925-1947. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588



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Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc. "Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane." Elementary Education Online 19.4 (2020), 1925-1947. Print. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Mustafa Akinci,Murat Genc (2020) Pre-service teachers’ explanations of primitive terms: point, line and plane. Elementary Education Online, 19 (4), 1925-1947. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2020.762588