Children's mathematical reasoning: opportunities for developing understanding and creative thinking

Colleen Vale, Leicha Ann Bragg, Wanty Widjaja, Sandra Herbert, Esther Loong

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Reasoning underpins students’ mathematical understanding and promotes creative thinking. It is regarded as a key mathematical proficiency. In this article Vale, Bragg, Widjaja, Herbert and Loong discuss the reasoning actions that primary children employed and teachers noticed for ‘What else belongs?” a task focused on forming and testing conjectures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Primary Mathematics Classroom
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • mathematical reasoning
  • creative thinking

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