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ERIC Number: ED489540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul-14
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Mathematical Thinking and Human Nature: Consonance and Conflict
Leron, Uri
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 28th, Bergen, Norway, July 14-18, 2004
Human nature had traditionally been the realm of novelists, philosophers, and theologicians, but has recently been studied by cognitive science, neuroscience, research on babies and on animals, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology. In this paper I will show--by surveying relevant research and by analyzing some mathematical "case studies"--how different parts of mathematical thinking can be either enabled or hindered by aspects of human nature. This novel theoretical framework can add an evolutionary and ecological level of interpretation to empirical findings of math education research, as well as illuminate some fundamental classroom issues. [For complete proceedings, see ED489538.]
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 35 Aandwind Street, Kirstenhof, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A