SABRI, SABRI and Minggi, Ilham
(2014)
Students' Difficulties in Mathematics Proofs.
Proceeding: The 1st International Conference on Science.
pp. 272280.
ISSN ISBN: 9786027219809
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Abstract
This qualitative research aimed at investigating difficulties experienced by students in Mathematics Department, State University of Makassar. This study was conducted in Mathematics Education Study Program at Mathematics Department, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, State University of Makassar in academic year 2013/2014. The subjects involved in the research were students of Mathematics Education Study Program in the subjects of Calculus, Trigonometry, and School Mathematics. The subjects were administered in tests concerning mathematics proof. Further, the students’ answers were then categorized into several aspects of difficulties in proving. The research findings showed that there were four categories of difficulties experienced by the students in proving statements in mathematics. The four categories were:(1) the use of symbols which was inappropriate; (2) the lack of students’ understanding about mathematics proof; (3) the difficulties in selecting strategies for mathematics proof; and (4) the lack of understanding of concepts and principles in mathematics.
Key Words: Mathematics proof, difficulties, students.
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