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ERIC Number: EJ1070973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
On Relative and Absolute Conviction in Mathematics
Weber, Keith; Mejia-Ramos, Juan Pablo
For the Learning of Mathematics, v35 n2 p15-21 2015
Conviction is a central construct in mathematics education research on justification and proof. In this paper, we claim that it is important to distinguish between absolute conviction and relative conviction. We argue that researchers in mathematics education frequently have not done so and this has lead to researchers making unwarranted claims about students' standards of conviction. We illustrate the importance of distinguishing between absolute conviction and relative conviction by critically examining claims based on qualitative evidence that researchers have made in the literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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