Assessing college lecturers’ mathematical thinking competency

Cheong Tau Han, Teoh Sian Hoon, Parmjit Singh, Nurul Akmal Mohd Nasir, Syazwani Rasid

Abstract


Lately, private sectors and industries always give feedback that graduates nowadays cannot think, cannot speak well and lack soft skills. Some university graduates fail to perform in their work because they have poor problems-solving skills. Many researchers and educators have started studying the root of the cause. Various reports have shown that most of the graduates’ lack problem solving skills and communication skills. Besides, they also lack thinking skills. One of the thinking skills that graduates lack is mathematical thinking. This study examined whether level of mathematical thinking of college instructors are adequate to educate and produce mathematical thinker. A total of 128 college lecturers from a local university have been chosen to participate in this study. The result of this study unveiled that the achievements of the lecturers are below average. They did not perform well in the mathematical thinking test.


Keywords


mathematical thinking, thinkers, mathematics, lecturers’ competency

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