Research Article
The Influence of Mistake-Handling Activities on Mathematics Education: An Example of Definitions

Solmaz Damla Gedik Altun , Alper Cihan Konyalioglu

APA 6th edition
Altun, S.D.G., & Konyalioglu, A.C. (2019). The Influence of Mistake-Handling Activities on Mathematics Education: An Example of Definitions. European Journal of Educational Research, 8(2), 467-476. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.8.2.467

Altun S.D.G., and Konyalioglu A.C. 2019 'The Influence of Mistake-Handling Activities on Mathematics Education: An Example of Definitions', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 467-476. Available from:

Chicago 16th edition
Altun, Solmaz Damla Gedik and Konyalioglu, Alper Cihan . "The Influence of Mistake-Handling Activities on Mathematics Education: An Example of Definitions". (2019)European Journal of Educational Research 8, no. 2(2019): 467-476. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.8.2.467


The study aims to find out the influence of Mistake-Handling Activities to determine mathematical definitions knowledge, which can be regarded as a component of mathematics content knowledge, of teachers on the development of teachers in providing mathematical definitions. Within this framework, Mistake-Handling Activities were carried out with five volunteer mathematics teachers. Written opinions and semi-structured face-to-face interviews were used as data collection tools. During the application, focus group interviews were carried out, and the application was enhanced with discussions. The data were analyzed using the document review method, and codes, categories, and themes were also determined. The results revealed that Mistake-Handling Activities yielded certain emotional advantages such as increasing teachers’ interest and curiosity, critical thinking, self-confidence, awareness, and offering different viewpoints as well as yielding cognitive advantages such as recognizing their shortcomings, acknowledging the importance of knowing the definition of a concept, and using the definition.

Keywords: Mistake-handling activities, definition, mathematics content knowledge, mathematics teacher


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