Psychology of learning mathematics

Notes

"**Absolutism:** Mathematics is right or wrong, certain, exact and is made
up of facts, skills and fixed methods which are either correctly known or
not.

**Relativism:** The variety of mathematical sturctures, form and contexts
allow different sorts of analyses, comparisons, evaluations and approaches.
This perspective incorporates a process view of mathematics and admits
multiple problem-solving approaches." (Carré & Ernest,
1993, p.49)

These positions relate to the Dualist / Non-dualist distinction in Ernest (2000). How do these two distinctions relate to the convergence / divergence distinction in Hudson (1966) and in Orton (1992)?

Possible examples of divergence:

- Partition
- Factorisation
- Combination

- Addition
- Subtraction
- Multiplication
- Division

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- References and further reading.
- Convergence and Divergence

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