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ERIC Number: EJ1070974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Exploring Insight: Focus on Shifts of Attention
Palatnik, Alik; Koichu, Boris
For the Learning of Mathematics, v35 n2 p9-14 2015
The paper presents and analyses a sequence of events that preceded an insight solution to a challenging problem in the context of numerical sequences. A three­week long solution process by a pair of ninth­-grade students is analysed by means of the theory of shifts of attention. The goal for this article is to reveal the potential of this theory as an analytical tool that can explain the course of the exploration towards the insight solution. The explanation is provided by inferring from the data what, how and why the students attended to when working on the problem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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