An Origin of Prescriptions for Our Mathematical Reasoning (Long version)

Proceedings of 17th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Page 312-320 published_at 2014
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An Origin of Prescriptions for Our Mathematical Reasoning (Long version)
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Proceedings of 17th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
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Abstract
To build a supplementary theory from which we can derive a practical way of fostering inquiring minds in mathematics, this paper proposes a theoretical perspective that is compatible with existing ideas in mathematics education (radical constructivism, social constructivism, APOS theory, David Tall’s framework, the framework of embodied cognition, new materialist ontologies). We focus on the fact that descriptive and prescriptive statements can be treated simultaneously, and consider both descriptive and instantiated models in our minds. This indicates that descriptive statements in mathematics come from our descriptions of models, and prescriptive statements come from the instantiatedness of the instantiated models and non-existence of counterexample. As a practical suggestion from the proposed perspective, we point out that careful communication is needed so that students do not recognize the refutation of their arguments as a denial of their way of mathematical thinking.
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Inquiring minds
Prescriptive perspective
Mathematical reasoning
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This work was supported by Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows No. 252024.
Place; Denver,COLORADO Date; February 27- March 1, 2014
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Mathematics [ 410 ]
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eng
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The Special Interest Group of The Mathmatics Association of America (SIGMAA) for Research in Underguraduate Mathmatics Education
Date of Issued 2014
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