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ERIC Number: EJ1018731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Generic Proving: Reflections on Scope and Method
Leron, Uri; Zaslavsky, Orit
For the Learning of Mathematics, v33 n3 p24-30 2013
We analyze the role of generic proofs in helping students access difficult proofs more easily and naturally. We present three examples of generic proving--an elementary one on numbers, a more advanced one on permutations, and yet more advanced one on groups--and consider the affordances and pitfalls of the method by reflecting on these examples. A virtual classroom scenario is used to bring out the role of the teacher and of classroom interaction in generic proving. Finally, we speculate on the question: Which proofs are more or less amenable to generic proving?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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