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Opportunities to Learn Reasoning and Proof in High School Mathematics Textbooks

Denisse R. Thompson, Sharon L. Senk, and Gwendolyn J. Johnson 

May 2012, Volume 43, Issue 3, Page 253

Abstract:
The nature and extent of reasoning and proof in the written (i.e., intended) curriculum of 20 contemporary high school mathematics textbooks were explored. Both the narrative and exercise sets in lessons dealing with the topics of exponents, logarithms, and polynomials were examined. The extent of proof-related reasoning varied by topic and textbook. Overall, about 50% of the identified properties in the 3 topic areas were justified, with about 30% of the addressed properties justified with a general argument and about 20% justified with an argument about a specific case.

Keywords:
Curriculum
Reasoning and Proof