Reasoning in the Australian Curriculum: Understanding its meaning and using the relevant language

Douglas McLean Clarke, David Clarke, Peter Arnold Sullivan

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The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics encourages teachers to consider seriously the four proficiencies: Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. In responding to the reasoning proficiency, many teachers may find that the language of the classroom may well change. In this article, we discuss the meaning given to the term reasoning within the ACM and elsewhere, share an example of a classroom task with the potential to develop mathematical reasoning, consider the language involved in describing reasoning, and present some survey responses on teachers current understanding and use of the relevant terms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28 - 32
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Primary Mathematics Classroom
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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