Mathematics education

Psychology of learning mathematics

(A) Topic

Outline

- Definitions - Divergent and convergent thinking
- Hudson more convergent thinkers than divergent thinkers amongst mathematicians.

- Why do some people achieve more than others? Divergence as a non-genetic factor.
- Mathematical creativity - divergent thinking vs. divergent bias

- Mayr - methodology - mathematics vs. history
- Mathematics - biology dialogue - providing mathematics for biology

(B) Research Approach

Measurement

- Divergent thinking: examples (Guilford, Hudson)
- Mathematics attainment: (GCSE, 'A' Level)

- School of biology: ask for volunteers via e-mail
- Ethical assessment
- A level students at Ilfracombe?

- 1. n>30-60

Statistics: Fisher exact 2x2 test. - 2. n = 10?

Collect additional info:- GCSE and A Level subjects
- views of mathematics questionaire?

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Created 3/3/00

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