Vol. 18 No. 4 (2020): Varga 100, Special Issue, Volume 2


Some logical issues in discrete mathematics and algorithmic thinking

Published November 4, 2020
Viviane Durand-Guerrier
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Durand-Guerrier, V. (2020). Some logical issues in discrete mathematics and algorithmic thinking. Teaching Mathematics and Computer Science, 18(4), 243–258. https://doi.org/10.5485/TMCS.2020.0474

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The role of logic in mathematics education has been widely discussed from the seventies and eighties during the “modern maths period” till now, and remains still a rather controversial issue in the international community. Nevertheless, the relevance of discrete mathematics and algorithmic thinking for the development of heuristic and logical competences is both one of the main points of the program of Tamás Varga, and of some didactic teams in France. In this paper, we first present the semantic perspective in mathematics education and the role of logic in the Hungarian tradition. Then, we present insights on the role of research problems in the French tradition. Finely, we raise some didactical issues in algorithmic thinking at the interface of mathematics and computer science.

Subject Classification: 97E30