, Volume 44, Issue 1-2, pp 5-23

Proof, Explanation and Exploration: An Overview

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This paper explores the role of proof in mathematics education and providesjustification for its importance in the curriculum. It also discusses threeapplications of dynamic geometry software – heuristics, exploration andvisualization – as valuable tools in the teaching of proof and as potentialchallenges to the importance of proof. Finally, it introduces the four papers in this issue that present empirical research on the use of dynamicgeometry software.

This revised version was published online in September 2005 with corrections to the Cover Date.