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Connected Tasks: The Building Blocks of Reasoning and Proof

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sarah B. Berenson, Professor (Creator)
Kerri Richardson, Associate Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Do you find it challenging to find mathematical tasks that promote reasoning in your classroom? What type of tasks do you feel are the most important for children to investigate? Finding patterns, and making and justifying conjectures are considered the building blocks of mathematical reasoning and proof. Curriculum revisions in the United States and Australia place increased emphasis on problem solving and reasoning in the primary school curriculum (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM], 2000; Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2010). A number of curriculum resources for teachers are available (e.g., NCTM, 1993; Sullivan & Lilburn, 1997) but under current reform efforts, primary teachers require additional ideas to extend problem solving and reasoning in their classrooms.

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Publication
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom 15(4) 17-23
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Mathematics, Instruction, Education, Patterns, Children, Logic, Reasoning, Critical thinking