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Functions of open flow-chart proving in introductory lessons of formal proving

Functions of open flow-chart proving in introductory lessons of formal proving
Functions of open flow-chart proving in introductory lessons of formal proving
Amongst important and under-researched questions are how introductory lessons can be designed for teaching initial proofs to junior high school students, and how such lessons enrich students’ understanding of proofs. With a view to improving the learning situation in the classroom, in this paper we report on the various functions of introductory flow-chart proofs that use ‘open problems’ that have multiple possible solutions. Through an analysis of a teaching experiment in Grade 8, and by using a model of levels of understanding of proof structure, we identify the functions as enhancing the transition towards a relational understanding of the structure of formal proof, and encouraging forms of forward/backward thinking interactively that accompany such a relational understanding of the structure of proofs in mathematics.
mathematics, education, proof
0771-100X
226-233
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Miyazaki, Mikio
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Fujita, Taro
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Jones, Keith
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Liljedahl, Peter
Oesterle, Susan
Nicol, Cynthia
Allan, Darien
Miyazaki, Mikio
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Fujita, Taro
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Jones, Keith
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Liljedahl, Peter
Oesterle, Susan
Nicol, Cynthia
Allan, Darien

Miyazaki, Mikio, Fujita, Taro and Jones, Keith (2014) Functions of open flow-chart proving in introductory lessons of formal proving. Liljedahl, Peter, Oesterle, Susan, Nicol, Cynthia and Allan, Darien (eds.) In Proceedings of the 38th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and the 36th Conference of the North American Chapter of the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME38 & PME-NA36). vol. 4, International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. pp. 226-233 .

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Abstract

Amongst important and under-researched questions are how introductory lessons can be designed for teaching initial proofs to junior high school students, and how such lessons enrich students’ understanding of proofs. With a view to improving the learning situation in the classroom, in this paper we report on the various functions of introductory flow-chart proofs that use ‘open problems’ that have multiple possible solutions. Through an analysis of a teaching experiment in Grade 8, and by using a model of levels of understanding of proof structure, we identify the functions as enhancing the transition towards a relational understanding of the structure of formal proof, and encouraging forms of forward/backward thinking interactively that accompany such a relational understanding of the structure of proofs in mathematics.

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Published date: July 2014
Venue - Dates: 38th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and the 36th Conference of the North American Chapter of the Psychology of Mathematics Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2014-07-15 - 2014-07-20
Keywords: mathematics, education, proof

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Local EPrints ID: 445743
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/445743
ISSN: 0771-100X
PURE UUID: 8c135a14-994c-4771-b59c-50fa73ab7b02
ORCID for Keith Jones: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3677-8802

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Date deposited: 06 Jan 2021 17:47
Last modified: 25 Oct 2023 01:15

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Author: Mikio Miyazaki
Author: Taro Fujita
Author: Keith Jones ORCID iD
Editor: Peter Liljedahl
Editor: Susan Oesterle
Editor: Cynthia Nicol
Editor: Darien Allan

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