Creating the conditions for children to persevere in mathematical reasoning

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This paper reports on the findings from a small-scale intervention study that explored developing perseverance in mathematical reasoning in children aged 10-11. The interventions provided children with representations that could be used in a provisional way and included opportunities and time to generalise and to form convincing arguments. This enabled the study group to persevere in their mathematical reasoning, from making trials and testing conjectures to forming generalisations and convincing arguments. The children reported pride in their understanding. A tentative framework describing these interactions is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBSRLM Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Day Conference held at Reading University on 7th Nov 2015
EditorsG Adams
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventBSRLM Day Conference - University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Nov 20157 Nov 2015


ConferenceBSRLM Day Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • perseverance
  • mathematical reasoning
  • affect
  • cognition
  • representation

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