How can teachers help children to develop reasoning skills? What is reasoning and how do we teach it? Much is being said in schools and education about the importance of reasoning skills. This book explores what reasoning is and what it is not. It includes examples of how reasoning in primary mathematics and science classes can develop. It shows how a connection between the ‘skills’ of mathematics and science can help children to gain a better understanding of reasoning. What is a conjecture? What makes you think? What makes you think about your thinking? What does reasoning look like? With links to classroom practice and examples of effective teaching throughout, this book not only provides an exploration of what reasoning is and why it’s important - it also show you how to develop children’s reasoning skills in your classroom.

Using problem-solving and investigation to promote reasoning

Using problem-solving and investigation to promote reasoning
Using problem-solving and investigation to promote reasoning
In this chapter

By the end of this chapter you will:

  • understand the place of problem-posing, problem-solving and investigation within reasoning;
  • know how different types of problems and investigations offer different opportunities for reasoning;
  • understand that pupil autonomy when investigating and solving problems has the potential to enhance opportunities for reasoning;
  • have a bank of activities to use within a problem-solving and investigation context that enables learners to use their reasoning skills;
  • know how problem-solving and investigation contributes to the skills of reasoning.
How do problem-solving and investigation connect to reasoning?

At the heart of both mathematics and science education are problem-solving and investigation. To be successful in both mathematics and science, learners need to construct their understanding through ...

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