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ERIC Number: EJ853590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Convincing and Justifying through Reasoning
Mueller, Mary F.; Maher, Carolyn A.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v15 n2 p108-116 Sep 2009
In this article, the authors share an episode from an after-school program and focus on eight of the twenty-four urban, sixth-grade students who volunteered to work on mathematical problem solving. When students are given a supportive environment, open-ended tasks, and thoughtful teacher questioning, their reasoning can develop naturally. By analyzing their reasoning as they explain and justify solutions, successful strategies that promote reasoning and justification can be learned. (Contains 6 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A