Method of Proofs in Mathematics: Higher Level Students' Understanding
Keywords:Method of proofs, understanding, education, non-education
The objectives of this study are to determine students’ understanding about different methods of proof in mathematics and compare their understanding with respect to their previous degree in education and other majors within the framework of a post-positivist research paradigm. Forty-two purposively selected students in the sample were selected. Their understanding of different methods of proof was determined with the help of a test paper consisting of 30 mathematical statements with proof. The study concluded that students are familiar with the methods of proofs used in verifying a mathematical statement. In addition, it is found that students with a previous degree in education and other majors differ in the level of understanding of different methods of proof in mathematics.
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