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ERIC Number: ED500909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
The Nature of Scaffolding in Undergraduate Students' Transition to Mathematical Proof
Blanton, Maria L.; Stylianou, Despina A.; David, Maria Manuela
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v2 p113-120
This paper explores the role of instructional scaffolding in the development of undergraduate students' understanding of mathematical proof during a one-year discrete mathematics course. We describe here the framework adapted for the analysis of whole-class discussion and examine how the teacher scaffolded students' thinking. Results suggest that students who engage in whole-class discussions that include metacognitive acts as well as transactive discussions about metacognitive acts make gains in their ability to construct proof. Moreover, students' capacity to engage in these types of discussions is a habit of mind that can be scaffolded through the teacher's transactive prompts and facilitative utterances. [For complete proceedings, see ED500859.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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