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An investigation of critical thinking dispositions of mathematics teacher candidates


Abdullah C. Biber, Abdulkadir Tuna and Lutfi Incikabi

Critical thinking is a skill that is needed for success in every period of life. Teacher candidates, as being students currently, needs to their improve critical thinking skills and, as being teachers in future, are required to know the ways of improving their clients’ skill of critical thinking. The aim of this study was to determine the mathematics teacher candidates’ critical thinking dispositions based on the variables of grade level in college, high school type, gender, and reading practice. The study, being a case study, included a total of 99 mathematics teacher candidates as the sampling. Among the results of the study were that mathematics teacher candidates generally possessed low level of critical thinking dispositions (CTD) that high school was the only variable that significantly affecting teacher candidates’ CTD, and that reading practices weakly correlated with CTD.

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