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ERIC Number: EJ819415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0819-4564
A Literature Review of Pedagogical Research on Mathematical Induction
Michaelson, Matthew T.
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, v22 n2 p57-62 2008
Many students experience considerable difficulties when they learn and then attempt to construct and communicate proofs of conjectures using the principle of mathematical induction. Although research on the pedagogy of mathematical induction has gained only occasional attention since the 1970s, there has been an increasing interest in this field of study in the past 10 years. In order to facilitate pedagogical research on the principle of mathematical induction and its place in the curriculum, Avital and Libeskind (1978) organized the difficulties with mathematical induction into three categories: technical, mathematical and conceptual. Accordingly, this literature review uses these categories to discuss the pedagogical issues with respect to mathematical induction.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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