ERIC Number: ED471776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
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An Investigation of Classroom Factors That Influence Proof Construction Ability.
McCrone, Sharon Soucy; Martin, Tami S.; Dindyal, Jaguthsing; Wallace, Michelle L.
This paper on classroom factors influencing students' proof construction ability reports findings from the data collected in the first two years of a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project. Four different classrooms, two from each participating school, were involved in the project. Data sources included videotaped classroom episodes, interviews with the participating teachers and with focus students from each class, as well as students' responses to items on the Proof Construction Assessment instrument. Student ability to construct proof was interpreted in the context of the classroom microculture (Cobb & Yackel, 1996). The results show that students performed poorly on items that required them to write a formal proof with no support. They also had difficulty on items that required students to make a single deduction from a given piece of information. (Author)
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting [of the] North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (24th, Athens, GA, October 26-29, 2002). Volumes 1-4; see SE 066 887.