Collegiate Transitions to Proving: National and Local Approaches
Mariana Levin, Jack Smith, Aaron Levin
Mariana Levin: Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
Jack Smith: Professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University
Aaron Levin: Associate Professor, Mathematics, Michigan State University
Across the nation, many undergraduate students majoring in mathematics experience significant difficulty in learning to prove mathematical propositions, a cornerstone of mathematical practice important for future study in mathematics or the pursuit of mathematics intensive careers. Mathematics departments have recognized this problem and experimented with different curricular and instructional approaches to supporting students' entry into proof, including courses dedicated to this transition. We will discuss our preliminary investigations into understanding the issues that students, intstructors, and departments face at this critical juncture, both locally and nationally.
About the Speakers:
Mariana Levin is an assistant professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University.
Jack Smith is Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology and a Member of the Mathematics Education Faculty Group at Michigan State University.
Aaron Levin is an assistant professor of Mathematics at Michigan State University.