Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 85–109

Why Johnny Can't Prove

  • Tommy Dreyfus

DOI: 10.1023/A:1003660018579

Cite this article as:
Dreyfus, T. Educational Studies in Mathematics (1999) 38: 85. doi:10.1023/A:1003660018579


The one sentence answer to the question in the title is that the ability to prove depends on forms of knowledge to which most students are rarely if ever exposed. The paper gives a more detailed analysis, drawing on research in mathematics education and classroom experiences.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tommy Dreyfus
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Technological Education, Holon(affiliated with Tel Aviv University)HolonIsrael

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