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.

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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."[1]
  • "Capacity for logical thought, reflection, explanation and justification."[2]
  • "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"[3]


  1. ^ 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 0-309-06995-5, 978-0-309-06995-3. Page 170
  2. ^ 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 0-309-08949-2, 978-0-309-08949-4. Page 218
  3. ^ Adaptive Reasoning for Real-world Problems: A Schema-based Approach By Roy M. Turner Edition: illustrated Published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1994 ISBN 0-8058-1298-9, 978-0-8058-1298-5. Page 4

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