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Title: Primary Students' Understanding of Proof
Contributor(s): Callingham, RA (author); Falle, JL (author); Clark, GJ (author)
Publication Date: 2004
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/760
Abstract: The notion of proof is arguably a fundamental concept in mathematics. Mathematicscurricula expect students to develop understanding of proof through explaining andjustifying their mathematical responses, and communicating these responses in coherentways. This study reports the findings from a sample of students in Years 5 and 6 in twoschools to a question that asked them to prove a mathematical statement of equality. Surveyresults from 56 students, and twelve follow-up interviews, were analysed using the SOLOmodel. Implications from the findings that most students could not use a zero statement tojustify their responses, and that answers appeared to be related to language-based factorswill be discussed.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: MERGA 27: Mathematics Education for the Third Millennium, Towards 2010, Townsville, Australia, 27-30 June, 2004
Conference Details: MERGA 27: Mathematics Education for the Third Millennium, Towards 2010, Townsville, Australia, 27-30 June, 2004
Source of Publication: Mathematics Education for the Third Millennium: Towards 2010. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA-27), p. 151-158
Publisher: MERGA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Place of Publication: Pymble
Field of Research (FOR): 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.merga.net.au/
http://www.merga.net.au/documents/RP162004.pdf
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