The Mathematics Education Student Association
invites you to the colloquium:

Some Research Issues on how Technology Has Changed The Roles of Proof and Experimentation in Mathematics



Michael de Villiers

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


This talk will provide a brief overview of a theoretical framework regarding the role of proof and experimentation in mathematics in the light of the general availability of powerful modern computing technologies in order to provide a conceptual frame of reference for educational practice. The challenge for curriculum designers and researchers in mathematics education is to develop meaningful activities which not only illustrate these functions of experimentation and proof within the context of technologies such as dynamic geometry and computer algebra systems, but to also accurately reflect an authentic view of the complex, inter-related nature of experimentation and deductive reasoning. A brief report will also be given of some completed research projects involving dynamic geometry from this theoretical framework, and further research directions and issues that need to be considered.
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Monday, November 28, 2005

2:45 – 3:45 pm

Rm 317 Aderhold Hall


*****Refreshments Will Be Served*****


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