For reasoning and proving to become a reality in mathematics classrooms, pre-service teachers (PSTs) must develop knowledge and skills for creating lessons that engage students in proof-related activities. Supporting PSTs in this process was among the goals of a capstone course: Mathematical Reasoning and Proving for Secondary Teachers. During the course, the PSTs designed and implemented in local schools four lessons that integrated within the regular secondary curriculum one of the four proof themes discussed in the course: quantification and the role of examples in proving, conditional statements, direct proof and argument evaluation, and indirect reasoning. In this paper wemore »
Mathematical Reasoning and Proving for Prospective Secondary Teachers.
The design-based research approach was used to develop and study a novel capstone course: Mathematical Reasoning and Proving for Secondary Teachers. The course aimed to enhance prospective secondary teachers’ (PSTs) content and pedagogical knowledge by emphasizing reasoning and proving as an overarching approach for teaching mathematics at all levels. The course focused on four proof-themes: quantified statements, conditional statements, direct proof and indirect reasoning. The PSTs strengthened their own knowledge of these themes, and then developed and taught in local schools a lesson incorporating the proof-theme within an ongoing mathematical topic. Analysis of the first-year data shows enhancements of PSTs’ content and pedagogical knowledge specific to proving.
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