Document Type

Presentation

Language

eng

Publication Date

4-14-2012

Publisher

American Educational Research Association

Source Publication

AERA Online Paper Repository

Abstract

This paper reports the results from an exploratory study of K-8 pre-service teachers’ inductive reasoning. The analysis of 130 written solutions to seven tasks and 77 reflective journals completed by 20 pre-service teachers lead to descriptions of inductive reasoning processes, i.e. specializing, conjecturing, generalizing, and justifying, in the problem-solving contexts. The uncovered characterizations of the four inductive reasoning processes were further used to describe pathways of successful generalizations. The results highlight the importance of specializing and justifying in constructing powerful generalizations. Implications for teacher education are discussed.

Comments

Presented version. Presentation given at 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 2012. Publisher link. © Marta Magiera 2012. Used with permission.

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