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Creating realistic mathematics tasks involving authenticity, cognitive domains, and openness characteristics: a study with pre-service teachers

Abstract: Creating mathematics tasks provide opportunities for students to develop their thinking, reasoning, communication, and creativity. This paper presents a study on teaching pre-service teachers to create realistic mathematics tasks in real contexts and amending them through an iterative process of analysis and refinement. The study was undertaken with pre-service teachers from two university training courses in Spain, undergraduate students from a primary teacher training course, and graduate students from an educational Master?s course. The students worked in groups to collaborate in the creation of the requested tasks and improvement of them based on critical thinking and creativity. The tasks were not only evaluated concerning their level of realism, but also regarding their level of authenticity, the cognitive domains involved, and their openness characteristic. These are the key characteristics related to environmental and sustainability aspects. The outcomes confirmed that the creation of realistic mathematics tasks was a challenge for future primary teachers; however, they were able to create tasks with high levels of cognitive domain, authenticity, and openness. This evidences, on the one hand, the difficulty that future teachers have in understanding the realism of a mathematics task, and, on the other, the possibilities offered by the task?s creation and the revision activity, which has educational implications and opens paths for future research. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

 Fuente: Sustainability 2020, 12, 9656

 Editorial: MDPI

 Año de publicación: 2020

 Nº de páginas: 17

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/su12229656

 ISSN: 2071-1050

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229656