Adaptive Reasoning

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Adaptive reasoning refers to a problem solving strategy that adapts thinking to address a problem as it changes and evolves.

Adaptive reasoning may also refer to the adaption of thought processes problem solving strategies, conceptual framework, in response and anticipation of the changing nature of the problem being considered.

  • "Adaptive reasoning refers to the capacity to think logically about the relationships among concepts and situations and to justify and ultimately prove the correctness of a mathematical procedure or assertion. Adaptive reasoning also includes reasoning based on pattern, analogy or metaphor." (Kilpatrick, p. 170)<ref>Adding it Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics By Jeremy Kilpatrick, Jane Swafford, Bradford Findell, National Research Council (U.S.). Mathematics Learning Study Committee Edition: illustrated Published by National Academies Press, 2001 ISBN 0309069955, 9780309069953</ref>
  • "Capacity for logical thought, reflection, explanation and justification." (Donovan and Bransford, p. 218)<ref>How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom By National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on How People Learn, A Targeted Report for Teachers, Suzanne Donovan, John Bransford Edition: illustrated Published by National Academies Press, 2005 ISBN 0309089492, 9780309089494</ref>
  • "The ability of an agent to intelligently adapt its behavior, both short-term and long-term in response to the changing needs of its problem-solving situation" (Turner, p. 4)<ref>Adaptive Reasoning for Real-world Problems: A Schema-based Approach By Roy M. Turner Edition: illustrated Published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1994 ISBN 0805812989, 9780805812985</ref>