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How Do Students’ Mathematical Epistemological Beliefs Affect Their Critical Thinking Tendencies?

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Rahaju, Purwanto, I Nengah Parta, Swasono Rahardjo



critical thinking tendecies, closed ended problem, ill-logical problems, mathematical epistemological beliefs.



The study aimed to investigate the tendency of students to think critically and explore the relationship between the students’ critical thinking with their mathematical epistemological beliefs. This descriptive qualitative study involved 32 students from the Department of Mathematics Education. The result showed that subjects who were non-critical thinkers exhibited carelessness in understanding, recognizing errors, and overviewing the tasks because they believed that mathematical tasks are always right and problem-solving with formulas and procedures results in correct solutions. On the other hand, critical-thinker students were more careful in comprehending the tasks, checking the errors, and doing an overview. The belief that mathematical tasks can contain errors and that conceptual understanding is highly crucial in mathematical problem-solving increased the tendency of the students to think critically. Besides, the students also had to highlight that numbers in mathematical problems have meaning and logical relationships.



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