Author(s): Belgin BAL ?NCEBACAK* Esen ERSOY

This study was conducted with the aim of determining the reasoning skill levels of 7th grade secondary school students in mathematics course. The study was carried out with 94 students in total, who study in a state school in the Black Sea region of Turkey during the first semester of the academic year of 2015-2016. Two problematic situations developed by Erdem (2015) in his doctoral thesis, which is named as the Effect of Enriched Learning Environment on Mathematical Reasoning and Attitude, have been used in this study. Problematic situation were analyzed according to the mathematical reasoning phases of TIMSS (2003). The data retrieved in the study were evaluated via content analysis. Consequently, examining the answers given by students to problems, it is determined that the students presented their reasoning skills through indicating what was asked and given in the question while solving the problems. This indicates that the students used spatial reasoning. It was also determined that some students used the table method. A part of the students did not understand the questions, thus failed to obtain the correct answer


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