ERIC Number: ED287724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-25
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Non-Formal Reasoning in Experts' Solutions to Mathematics Problems.
Since Polya, Wertheimer, and Hadamard's descriptions of qualitative reasoning strategies used by scientists and mathematicians, very little data have been collected on whether these strategies are actually used by experts. This study used video-taped thinking-aloud interviews to examine the problem solving strategies of professors and advanced graduate students in technical fields. Evidence from these interviews documents the use of analogies, visual transformations, extreme cases, creative partitioning, and other plausible reasoning strategies used by experts. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers; Teachers
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). Contains small print which may not reproduce well. For a related paper, see SE 048 694.