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An analysis of pre-service mathematics teachers’ performance in algebraic expressions

Sociology International Journal
<font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">Isaac Brilliant Essuman,<sup>1</sup> Dennis Offei Kwakye<sup>,2</sup> Elawoe Komla Avorkpo<sup>3</sup></span></font>

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The purpose of the study is to analyze the level of performance of some pre-service teachers in algebraic expressions as well as to ascertain the difficulties they undergo when solving algebraic expressions in Ghana. A sequential explanatory mixed method design was employed in the study. An algebraic expressions diagnostic test, and a semi-structured interview were the instruments used in the study. Ninety-five (95) pre-service mathematicsrelated teachers who offer specialized course in junior high school mathematics and science, and junior high school mathematics and ICT were sampled through a purposive sampling technique for the study. It was discovered that the participants perform below average in the test. A very high percentage error of 77.8% was recorded by the participants in the study. The overall mean and standard deviation for the test were 42.72 and 13.12 respectively. From the result, it was revealed that there is no statistical difference in performance between males and female pre-service mathematics teachers in algebraic expressions. Based on the f indings, the researcher recommends that there should be comprehensive professional development services and support for pre-service teachers (PSTs) in algebra. Again, it is recommended that females should be encouraged to partake in science and mathematics related courses and programs. 


algebraic expressions, mathematics teachers, mathematics performance, preservice mathematics teachers