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ERIC Number: ED435644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 8
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Is Argumentation an Obstacle? Invitation to a Debate.
Balacheff, Nicolas
The fundamental opposition of two types of discourse, mathematical proof and argumentation to the problem of validation in mathematics is explored. The naturalistic study of interaction in classrooms suggests the possibility of a mathematical argumentation to which students have access by the practice of discussions ruled by socio-mathematical norms that would emerge from the interactions between teacher and student. In such an approach, the construction of a mathematical rationality and argumentation are tightly connected. While there may be no such thing as "mathematical argumentation," there is argumentation in mathematics. It is suggested that argumentation constitutes an epistemological obstacle to the learning of mathematical proof, and more generally the learning of proof in mathematics. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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