Speaker: Dr. Kyeong Hah Roh, Arizona State University

Title: On the Teaching and Learning of Logic in Mathematical Contents

Date: 10/18/2018

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Place: 252 EH

Logical thinking plays a crucial role in generating valid arguments from the given information as well as in evaluating the validity of others’ arguments in workplaces. Training our students as logical thinkers has been a central component in mathematics education. By engaging in proving and validating activities in undergraduate mathematics, students are expected to enhance logical thinking and make sound decisions by deducing valid inferences from a tremendous amount of information and resources in their future workplaces. Many universities in the United States thus offer introductory proof courses, or so called transition-to-proof courses, to introduce logic and various proof structures for valid arguments in mathematical contents. This presentation will provide an overview of the empirical studies that I have been involved in relation to undergraduate students’ logic and logical thinking, instructional interventions that I have designed to enhance students’ logical thinking in mathematical contents, and some issues and challenges in the introductory proof courses in mathematics.