for the learning of mathematics

an international journal of mathematics education

David Yopp ,  Rob Ely ,  Jennifer Johnson-Leung - Vol. 35 Num. 3 (2015)
 Generic example proving criteria for all


We review literature that discusses generic example proving and highlight ambiguities that pervade our research community’s discourse about generic example arguments. We distinguish between pedagogical advice for choosing good examples that can serve as generic examples when teaching and advice for developing generic example arguments. We provide criteria for determining if an example in an argument is being used as a generic example independent of these two contexts.