Focusing on Mathematical Arguments

  • Focusing on Mathematical Arguments

    Laura M. Singletary and AnnaMarie Conner
    The importance of collective argumentation is highlighted in the Common Core’s third Standard for Mathematical Practice, which states that students should be able to “construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others” (CCSSI 2010, p. 6). Researchers have described what productive mathematical argumentation might entail, including students participating in particular ways (Weber et al. 2008; White 2003); classroom environments where sense making is valued (Weber et al. 2008); and argumentation that progresses from intuition toward deductive reasoning (Prusak, Hershkowitz, and Schwarz 2011).
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