## Elephant Delta Day 2 – Dr Trudie Benade from North West University on An analysis of the reasoning abilities of students in the transition period from secondary to tertiary mathematics

Blogging from The Tenth Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics

**Live blogging: Note that these are notes I’ve taken live, but will edit this today into a more readable format. I want to put this up straight away though to see if I have any obvious misunderstanding.**

Based on work with Dr Sonica Froneman

From 2008-2009 it was a hard time in universities for new students coming in from the new curricula.

How can we measure reasoning abilities? What do we want students to be able to do?

Mathematical reasoning is an important process through which mathematical understanding develops.

Students should be able to transfer mathematical knowledge from familiar to unfamiliar contexts (Englebrecht, Harding and Phiri, 2010)

Critical outcomes of the school curriculum:

Learners should demonstrate an ability to think logically and analytically and be able to transfer skills from familiar to unfamiliar situations.…