Executive functions are a group of higher cognitive abilities that allow individuals to program, control, and direct their behavior and thought towards a goal. The construct of executive functions conceptually resembles to of metacognition and selfregulation, as the three terms describe the ability to monitor and control behavior. Several studies have shown that executive functions are strongly related to mathematical skills and the mathematical problemsolving ability, yet only a few educational interventions have been designed and implemented to improve executive functions through the process of solving mathematical problems. This study aims at investigating the contribution of the "think aloud" method to improvement executive functions by solving mathematical problems. For this purpose, an intervention program was designed and implemented. This program was based on two important educational approaches, the teaching of cognitive strategies through personalized intervention and the "think aloud" method. Seventy two schoolaged students participated in this study; thirty six of them received the intervention program which lasted for 12 weeks. The results demonstrated that students improved their ability to solve mathematical problems showing that the "think aloud" method can be an important educational tool for the development of students’ metacognitive awareness and selfregulation of learning. Nevertheless, although their executive functions did not appear to improve through this program, it was shown that students developed their ability to use them more effectively when carrying out cognitive work.
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journal = {International EJournal of Advances in Education},
issn = {},
eissn = {24111821},
address = {OCERINT International Organization Center of Academic Research},
year = {2018},
volume = {4},
pages = {298  306},
doi = {10.18768/ijaedu.478270},
title = {FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT USING THE “THINK ALOUD” METHOD FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AND MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMSOLVING ABILITY},
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author = {Zbainos, Dimitris and Touri, Anastasia}
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APA  Zbainos, D , Touri, A . (2018). FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT USING THE “THINK ALOUD” METHOD FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AND MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMSOLVING ABILITY. International EJournal of Advances in Education, 4 (12), 298306. DOI: 10.18768/ijaedu.478270 
MLA  Zbainos, D , Touri, A . "FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT USING THE “THINK ALOUD” METHOD FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AND MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMSOLVING ABILITY". International EJournal of Advances in Education 4 (2018): 298306 <http://ijaedu.ocerintjournals.org/issue/41231/478270> 
Chicago  Zbainos, D , Touri, A . "FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT USING THE “THINK ALOUD” METHOD FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AND MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMSOLVING ABILITY". International EJournal of Advances in Education 4 (2018): 298306 
RIS  TY  JOUR T1  FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT USING THE “THINK ALOUD” METHOD FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AND MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMSOLVING ABILITY AU  Dimitris Zbainos , Anastasia Touri Y1  2018 PY  2018 N1  doi: 10.18768/ijaedu.478270 DO  10.18768/ijaedu.478270 T2  International EJournal of Advances in Education JF  Journal JO  JOR SP  298 EP  306 VL  4 IS  12 SN  24111821 M3  doi: 10.18768/ijaedu.478270 UR  http://dx.doi.org/10.18768/ijaedu.478270 Y2  2019 ER  
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ISNAD  Zbainos, Dimitris , Touri, Anastasia . "FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT USING THE “THINK ALOUD” METHOD FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AND MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMSOLVING ABILITY". International EJournal of Advances in Education 4 / 12 (Aralık 2018): 298306. http://dx.doi.org/10.18768/ijaedu.478270 