Analysis of The Mathematical Thinking Levels of Individual and Team Athletes in Terms of Different Variables
Keywords:Individual Athletes, Team Athletes, Mathematical Thinking
This study was carried out to examine the mathematical thinking levels of athletes who do individual and team sports in terms of different variables. The study was conducted with relational screening model, which is one of the general screening models. The data were collected by survey method. "Mathematical Thinking Scale" was used to determine the mathematical thinking levels of athletes. The population of the research was composed of licensed athletes studying in high school and universities in the 2020-2021 academic year in Turkey, while 459 licensed athletes determined among these students by simple random method consisted the sample group. In order to determine the differences between the participants' gender, education and branch variables and their mathematical thinking level, the Independent-Samples T Test was applied, and the Pearson Correlation test was applied to determine the relationship between age, sports year and mathematical thinking level. As a result of the analysis, a significant difference was observed in favor of female participants in the gender variable and mathematical thinking skills sub-dimension. In addition, it was determined that there was a positive significant relationship between the sports year and the reasoning sub-dimension. As a result, it is thought that the more inclusion of individual or team sports types in education programs will contribute to an individual's mathematics and academic success.