NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ906697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0819-4564
Is Proof Dead in the Computer-Age School Curriculum?
Gough, John
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, v24 n2 p43-54 2010
During the last decades of the twentieth century, changes in school curricula have resulted in proof-free or proof-lite curricula. In this article, the author argues that proof is, and should be seen to be, a central component in the school curriculum--from at least the middle of the primary years and upwards. He identifies proof with problem solving, logical argument, explanation, and meaningful learning. He includes examples of proofs, and sub-proofs, such as why the square root of 2 is irrational. (Contains 3 figures.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia