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ERIC Number: EJ1180568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2198-9745
Undergraduate Students' Understanding of Proof: Relationships between Proof Conceptions, Beliefs, and Classroom Experiences with Learning Proof
Stylianou, Despina A.; Blanton, Maria L.; Rotou, Ourania
International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, v1 n1 p91-134 Apr 2015
This article presents the results from a study of 535 early undergraduate students at six universities that was designed to describe their views of the meaning of proof and how these views relate to their attitudes and beliefs towards proof and their classroom experiences with learning proof. Results show that early undergraduate students have difficulty with mathematical proof. In particular, the study showed that students' proof choices were strongly influenced by surface characteristics of the tasks. However, a large number of students appear to appreciate and acknowledge the rigor and central role of deductive proof in mathematics despite the difficulties they may face in producing proofs. Further, the study showed a strong positive relationship between students' beliefs about the role of proof and themselves as learners of proof, but weak relationship between proof ability and self-reported experiences with learning proof.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: REC0337703