Undergraduate students’ use of deductive arguments to solve 'prove that…' tasks

Paola Iannone, Matthew Inglis

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Abstract

In this paper we report findings from an investigation of 222 proof attempts produced by 74 year-one undergraduate mathematics students at a university in the UK. We classify the proofs according to an extended classification originally used by Stylianides and Stylianides (2009). We found that already at the beginning of Year 1most undergraduate students in our sample associate the request for a proof of a statement to the production of a deductive argument. Moreover, when students failed to produce a correct proof this was mostly because of difficulties in producing deductive arguments. We suggest that more attention should be given to the process of production of deductive argument rather than to the types of non-deductive arguments that some students produce as proofs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
EventProceedings of the 7th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 7th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Period1/01/11 → …

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