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Alcock, Lara; Inglis, Matthew – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2008
This paper discusses variation in reasoning strategies among expert mathematicians, with a particular focus on the degree to which they use examples to reason about general conjectures. We first discuss literature on the use of examples in understanding and reasoning about abstract mathematics, relating this to a conceptualisation of syntactic and…
Descriptors: Semantics, Number Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Abstract Reasoning