A Study of Proof Conceptions in Algebra

  title={A Study of Proof Conceptions in Algebra},
  author={Lulu Healy and Celia Hoyles},
  journal={Journal for Research in Mathematics Education},
  • L. Healy, C. Hoyles
  • Published 2000
  • Psychology
  • Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
After surveying high-attaining 14and 15-year-old students about proof in algebra, we found that students simultaneously held 2 different conceptions of proof: those about arguments they considered would receive the best mark and those about arguments they would adopt for themselves. In the former category, algebraic arguments were popular. In the latter, students preferred arguments that they could evaluate and that they found convincing and explanatory, preferences that excluded algebra… Expand
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