# Process dimensions of mathematics

## Overview

Includes information to help learn and facilitate the learning and use of the process dimensions of mathematics.

## Problem solving Tools to facilitate mathematical problem solving

- Problem solving Concepts, misconceptions, & outcomes by levels in the
*mathematical knowledge base*

### Information to facilitate literacy in problem solving & tools to achieve it

- Development of problem solving - page contents includes:
- Heuristic:
- Strategies for solving problems with sample problems
- Planning & teaching tools pedagogical and curriculum
- Teacher's role in problem solving
- Suggestions to help learners solve problems
- Assessment sample questions to assess learners' mathematical problem solving
- Characteristics of a good problem ideas to consider when writing or selecting problems
- Planning questions to prepare to facilitate problem solving & investigating suggestions to consider when writing or planning to use problems
- Problem Solving Goals and Outcomes to review for the inclusion in appropriate curricular documents and plans
- Problem solving vocabulary to introduce to learners
- Dispositions to review & select to focus on

- Learner's materials
- Learners problem solving guide or checklist to use to as a guide with suggestions to solve problems
- Learners solving checklist - with before, during, and after suggestions
- Learners Solving Attitude Inventory with yes - no questions

- See also communication dimension -

### Activities to facilitate problem solving

## Reasoning and proof

**Reasoning & proof**Concepts, misconceptions, & outcomes by levels in the*mathematical knowledge base*

### Information to facilitate literacy in reasoning & proof & tools to achieve it

- Reasoning and Proof Explanations and development of reasoning, proof, & logic - information on reasoning and proof with examples of different types of proof, teaching suggestions, & an extensive scoring guide
- Reasoning and proof big idea, concept, or generalization instructional planning map
- Development of reasoning from birth to maturity
- Reasoning, conservation, and cognitive development tasks & activities
- Application of proof by elimination & verification with a card trick
- Bucket problems reasoning, proof, conjecture, combinations
- Decision making, critical thinging, and change processes
- Structure for Analyzing and Presenting Arguments
- Logical Reasoning and Reasoning Errors
- Position analysis
- Issue analysis & sample issues analysed for democratic education for all
- Reasoning solutions for SUDOKU
- Imagining
- An Outline of Goals for a Critical Thinking Curriculum and Its Assessment

### Activities to facilitate reasoning & proof

## Representation

**Representation ** Concepts, misconceptions, & outcomes by levels in the *mathematical knowledge base*

### Information to facilitate representation & tools to achieve it

- Examples of mathematical representations with language as nouns and verbs.
- Function exploration - includes definitions with examples, diagrams, &
*representations*including a function machine. Also activity with work sheet and charts to explore a function with a variable factor (3) & constant factor (27) & discover*casting out nines*

### Area representations

Lynne Outhred and Michael Mitchelmore asked learners to illustrate the area of a rectangular shape. They found learners demonstrated four different strategies: incomplete covering, visual covering, concrete covering, and measurement. The drawings below show samples from each.

### Representation of relative position of objects

*Illustration of Internal Representation*

*Actual object, real world, or external representation*

### Representation of external objects with points on an other external object

*What does this have to do with mathematical representations?*

### Activities to facilitate representation

## Communication

Communication Concepts, misconceptions, & outcomes by levels in the *mathematical knowledge base*

### Information to facilitate literacy in communitation & tools to achieve it

- Different ways to communicate problems with sample problems
- Ways to communicate mathematical representations as objects, properties, actions, & operations
- Graphing with line graphs as communication

### Activities to facilitate reasoning & proof

## Connections & perspective

Connections & perspective Concepts, misconceptions, & outcomes by levels in the *mathematical knowledge base*

### Information to facilitate literacy in connections & perspective & tools to achieve it

- Mathematical ideas build upon each other.
- Mathematical ideas are connected to other mathematical ideas.
- Mathematical ideas are connected to the world.

### Activities to facilitate reasoning & proof

*Contents: *

*Other math knowlege base &*

*activity pages*

*Content dimensions*

### Common sense & knowledge

*Counting in Winnebago*

- WI
^{n} - NO
^{n}BA - THABTHI
^{n} - DUBA
- SATO
^{n} - SHAPE
- PETHO
^{n}BA - PETHABTHI
^{n} - SHO
^{n}KA - GTHEBO
^{n}

### Interesting book

*The Power of Logical Thinking: Easy Lessons in the Art of Reasoning... and Hard Facts About Its Absence in Our Lives, *Marilyn Vos Savant (1996) ISBN 0-312-13985-3 Saint Martin's Press: New York.