Student opinions on teaching based on mathematical modelling
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This study aimed at determining student opinions about teaching based on mathematical modelling were taken. Study was designed according to descriptive research model. Prospective mathematics teachers carried out the teaching based on mathematical modelling which was included in teacher practices class in elementary mathematics undergraduate program. Before the practice, prospective teachers had a 3 months length education process about learning-teaching applications based on modelling. They prepared classroom practices which include modelling tasks in order to ensure the acquisitions that are included in 6th, 7th and 8th grade mathematics curriculum based on mathematical modelling. During modelling process, the class was divided into groups made of 4-5 people and a homogenous distribution between groups was ensured. 14 voluntary students were chosen from these groups and semi-structured, modelling based interviews were made with them. Data analyzed with descriptive analysis method. When student views were analyzed, it was determined that most of the students have positive thoughts about the teaching. Students stated that they experienced a different class environment, and the study made a positive effect on them in terms of effective learning of mathematics. While some students expressed that the study was enjoyable and applicable, some others stated some negative ideas because of the test anxiety.