Relating the Learned Knowledge and Acquired Skills to Real Life: Function Sample

  •  Mustafa Albayrak    
  •  Nurullah Yazici    
  •  Mertkan Simsek    


Considering that Mathematics is a multidimensional problem-solving method that can be effective in all areas of cultural life, it is of great importance because of its contribution to other sciences such as physical and social sciences. It is known that the basic concepts of mathematics, which can also be expressed as a way of life, have helped to increase the usefulness of mathematics to practical and even social sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, economics, engineering and military, as well as their own values. In addition, if abstract subjects and concepts in mathematics are used in other sciences, concrete results can be obtained, which facilitate the labor of humans. In this case, it is useful to illustrate the mathematics of everyday life in order to understand the importance of mathematics. The word “function”, which is often used in everyday life as in mathematics, is one of the basic concepts in mathematics. Relating the learned knowledge and the acquired skills related to this concept to everyday life can affect the memory duration of learned knowledge and subsequent learning. Considering the importance of the subject, a case study has been conducted with (62) students. In the study, the definition of the function and two daily life examples related to the definition were presented to the candidates in black and white. The candidates were asked to make the definition of the types of functions presented to make sampling from daily life by making analogies. Content analysis was used in the analysis of the data. In the study, it was determined that the candidates could not go beyond the ordinary in writing samples. In addition, the success rates of candidates’ ability to define and write daily life examples have been quite different.

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