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ERIC Number: ED554466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3032-1938-2
Why Ask Why: An Exploration of the Role of Proof in the Mathematics Classroom
Bartlo, Joanna Rachel
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Portland State University
Although proof has long been viewed as a cornerstone of mathematical activity, incorporating the mathematical practice of proving into classrooms is not a simple matter. In this dissertation I aim to advance research on proof by addressing this issue. In particular, I explore the role proof might play in promoting the learning of mathematics in the classroom. I do this in a series of three articles (organized as three chapters), which are preceded by an introductory chapter. The introductory chapter situates the remaining chapters in the context of mathematics education research. In the second chapter I explore what the literature on proof tells us about what role proof might play in the promotion of learning in the mathematics classroom. In this chapter I also compare the ways in which proof is purported to promote learning in the mathematics classroom with the roles it is purported to play in the field of research mathematics. In the third chapter I look at empirical data to explore ways engaging in proof and proving might create opportunities for student learning. In particular, my analysis led me to focus on how identifying and reflecting on the key idea of a proof can create opportunities for learning mathematics. The final chapter is an article for a practitioner journal and discusses implications for practice based on the two preceding articles. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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