The Elements of Substitution Thinking and Its Impact On the Level of Mathematical Thinking
Dalibor Gonda
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In current teaching trends, in addition to the modernization of teaching, an effort to make the education more effective appears. In the field of mathematics, the effectiveness of education is closely linked to the development of pupils’ logical thinking. It is necessary to find the elements of mathematics, which constitute the connection between particular mathematics fields and teach them purposefully. The substitution is not a natural way for pupils to solve equations and inequalities and therefore it is necessary to develop substitution mind throughout the study of mathematics. The pupils with developed substitution thinking perform better in solving tasks from different areas of mathematics. The ability to transform the task according to developed substitution thinking, allows pupils to use the knowledge of mathematics in the interdisciplinary subject relationship effectively. A sign of advanced substitution thinking is a discovery of way how to solve problems.  It also allows the learner to atomize the task and thus solve the task in the elementary steps. The mathematical confidence gained through developed substitution thinking becomes a pupil's internal motivation factor to tackle the most demanding tasks and not only mathematical ones.


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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, 2016, Volume 11, Issue 7, 2402-2417

Publication date: 03 Sep 2016

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