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ERIC Number: EJ1017786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
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ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
On Mathematicians' Proof Skimming: A Reply to Inglis and Alcock
Weber, Keith; Mejia-Ramos, Juan Pablo
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v44 n2 p464-474 Mar 2013
n a recent article, Inglis and Alcock (2012) contended that their data challenge the claim that when mathematicians validate proofs, they initially skim a proof to grasp its main idea before reading individual parts of the proof more carefully. This result is based on the fact that when mathematicians read proofs in their study, on average their initial reading of a proof took half as long as their total time spent reading that proof. Authors Keith Weber and Juan Pablo Mejía-Ramos present an analysis of Inglis and Alcock's data that suggests that mathematicians frequently used an initial skimming strategy when engaging in proof validation tasks. [See Inglis and Alcock's response to Weber and Mejía-Ramos ("Skimming: A Response to Weber and Mejia-Ramos") on pages 472-74. A download will include both articles.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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