Why Johnny Can't Prove (with Apologies to Morris Kline)

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One sentence answer to the question in the title is that the ability to prove depends on forms of knowledge to which most student are rarely, if ever, exposed. Presents more detailed analysis, drawing on research in mathematics education and classroom experiences. (Contains 44 references.) (Author/ASK)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-109
Number of pages25
JournalEducational Studies in Mathematics
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 1999


  • ERIC, Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE)
  • Elementary Secondary Education
  • Mathematics Instruction
  • Proof (Mathematics)
  • Cognitive Structures


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