Analogical Reasoning in Geometry Proofs

  • Anass Bayaga Nelson Mandela University
  • Michael J. Bosse Appalachian State University
  • John Sevier Appalachian State University
Keywords: analogical reasoning, cognition, geometry proofs, proving theorem


This study aimed at investigating six high school students’ use of analogies while working through geometry proofs in group settings. Along with the analogies used by students and analysis of how they were used, as well as discourse analysis, we investigate students’ meta-proof comments to glean some interpretation of students’ beliefs about proofs. Overall, this study found that students had different beliefs about the nature and process of proofs and used and understood analogical reasoning in idiosyncratic ways. However, it was also found that students’ greater use of analogies did not automatically lead to more success with proofs.


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How to Cite
Bayaga A., Bosse M. J., & Sevier J. (2021). Analogical Reasoning in Geometry Proofs. Journal of Elementary Education, 14(2), 149-170.
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