Student’s attention to the conclusion during proofs
Kandasamy, Sindura Subanemy
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Citation (published version)Sindura Subanemy Kandasamy, Kathleen Melhuish, Sean Larsen, Samuel Cook. 2018. "Student’s Attention to the Conclusion During Proofs."
This study investigates students’ use of conclusions to structure their proofs for a standard statement in introductory Group Theory. We surveyed 65 students across three classes asking them to evaluate the truth of a statement and provide a proof. We found students tend to use hypothesis-driven second level proof framework (rather than conclusion-driven). These students were then less likely to produce a deductive argument that aligned with the original statement. We conclude with implications for the treatment of proof analysis and proof frameworks to support students’ proving activity.