Student proofs: Points of entry in developmental and precalculus math courses
Harbaugh, A.G. (2010) Student proofs: Points of entry in developmental and precalculus math courses. In: MathFest 2010, 5 - 7 August 2010, Pittsburgh, PA
Using Vygotsky's theory of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), this session will examine a set of activities designed to introduce students to the process of building and self-evaluating a proof. An emphasis on developing effective communication skills is the primary focus of these assignments. The intended level of mathematics instruction for the projects presented ranges from introductory algebra to trigonometry and precalculus. However, the theoretical framework can be extended naturally to upper-level undergraduate and introductory graduate courses.
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