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ERIC Number: EJ788376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Teachers' Attitudes towards Proof of Mathematical Results in the Secondary School Curriculum: The Case of Zimbabwe
Nyaumwe, Lovemore; Buzuzi, George
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v19 n3 p21-32 2007
This study investigated teachers' attitudes towards proofs in the secondary school mathematics curriculum. The study was motivated by a desire to fill a gap existing in the literature in relation to teachers' attitudes towards proofs. Thirty-four secondary school mathematics teachers' responses to a Likert type questionnaire and interviews were summarised using the five themes of utility, positive attitudes, methods of proof, negative attitudes, and suitability of level of students to perform proofs. The teachers expressed neutral attitudes on technology as a method of proof and disagreed that verbal proof was a valid method for proving the viability of mathematical claims. The implications of the results are discussed using the context of Zimbabwean classrooms with a view to promote debate on how teachers could implement learner-centred reform. (Contains 1 table and 2 footnotes.)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. MERGA-GPO Box 2747, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia. Web Site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe