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conjecture

A conclusion that is not proved but rather is assumed from incomplete evidence; a guess or speculation.
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The process of conjecturing hinges on being able to recognise a pattern or analogy, in other words, on being able to make a generalisation.
As NCTM (1991) stressed, mathematics instruction needs to be orientated away from an emphasis on mechanistic answer-finding, and towards conjecturing, and problem solving.
If students found the process of conjecturing problematic, how did they proceed?
The boundaries are blurry: When a student has a strong faith in correctness of a conjecture, or a reasonable justification for this educated guess, conjecturing may appear as verification of a result that was derived analytically.
As such, in this section we examine the participants' conjecturing in further detail.
Both verification and falsification may either break a chain of conjecturing or continue this chain.
However, rather than discussing different levels of sophistication they represent, we wish to show how a verified conjecture may continue the cycle of conjecturing, rather than end or break it.
It is generally believed that conjecturing is a worthwhile mathematical activity in which teachers are urged to adopt a supportive and non-judgmental approach.