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ERIC Number: ED489759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Characterization of Students' Reasoning and Proof Abilities in 3-Dimensional Geometry
Gutierrez, Angel; Pegg, John; Lawrie, Christine
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 28th, Bergen, Norway, July 14-18, 2004
In this paper we report on a research aimed to identify and characterize secondary school students' reasoning and proof abilities when working with 3-dimensional geometric solids. We analyze students' answers to two problems asking them to prove certain properties of prisms. As results of this analysis, we get, on the one side, a characterization of students' answers in terms of Van Hiele levels of reasoning and, on the other side, a classification of these answers in different types of proofs. Results from this research give directions to grade and organize secondary school instruction on 3-dimensional geometry. [For complete proceedings, see ED489632.]
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 35 Aandwind Street, Kirstenhof, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A