Learning to teach to reason: Reasoning and proving in mathematics teacher education

Jeppe Skott, Dorte Moeskær Larsen, Camilla Hellsten Østergaard

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There is evidence for recommendations to link mathematics teacher education (MTE) closely to school mathematics and to emphasize proving why rather than proving that when teaching reasoning and proving (R&P) in schools. In spite of that, we suggest not to take the implication that MTE focuses on proving why to extremes. We outline the background, framework and results of a pilot to an intervention study that seeks to address the problems of R&P in MTE. The results suggest that teachers face more problems with R&P than expected and have difficulties selecting classroom situations in need of a mathematical justification, let alone developing justifications and supporting their students’ learning of R&P. This supports our suggestion that a dual emphasis on proving that and proving why is needed in MTE
TitelProfessional Development and Knowledge of Mathematics Teachers
Antal sider18
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781003008460
StatusUdgivet - 2020


  • læreruddannelsen
  • matematik
  • Uddannelse, professioner og erhverv