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Can K-12 Math Teachers Train Students to Make Valid Logical Reasoning?
Emerging Technologies for STEAM Education (2015)
  • Hong Liu
  • Maria Ludu, 8714599
  • Douglas L Holton
Abstract
Valid logic is the mortar that binds all building blocks of critical
thinking and analytical thinking. It is the common factor and
foundation of three 21st century cognitive skills—critical thinking,
analytical thinking and problem solving. According to the Common
Core Standards of K-12 mathematics in the United States,
proposition and basic first order predicate logic is embedded as a
small topic in geometry courses. However, its applications crosscut
almost all topics in STEAM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts
and Mathematics) subjects. We inspected how logic is expected to
be taught according to the USA K-12 Common Core State Standards
and compared with the Singapore curriculum. We found that the
difference is not about what should be taught, but how it is taught.
The question of this chapter is: How can our K-12 teachers effectively
teach logic lessons so that our students can use basic logic to
connect concepts and recognize typical logical fallacies? We argued
that the answer to that question affects the 21st century skills of the
workforce. We hope that our analysis may shed light on the difficult
problem in reforming math education and promoting 21st century
skills in the workforce
Keywords
  • math education,
  • logic,
  • STEM education,
  • STEAM
Publication Date
2015
Editor
Ge, Xun, Ifenthaler, Dirk, Spector, J. Michael (Eds.)
Publisher
Springer
ISBN
978-3-319-02573-5
Citation Information
Hong Liu, Maria Ludu and Douglas L Holton. "Can K-12 Math Teachers Train Students to Make Valid Logical Reasoning?" Emerging Technologies for STEAM Education (2015) p. 331 - 353
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/edtechdev/10/