Human ecology
Mathematics education
Psychology of learning mathematics Notes
Notes - 13/3/00

Title: Divergent thinking and the dialogue between biology and mathematics.

(keywords: - mathematics education, biology, divergent thinking, history)

Introduction: 500 words

The purpose of this study is to investigate the links between divergent thinking and the mathematical attainment of biology students. Divergent thinking is the ability to find multiple answers to a particular problem. Divergent thinking can be contrasted with convergent thinking - the ability to find the best single answer to a problem. (Note: the terms divergent and convergent were introduced by Guilford to replace the terms creative and intelligent respectively.) Hudson found that in mathematics convergent thinkers out-numbered divergent thinkers by 3 to 1. In biology, on the other hand, he found equal numbers of convergent and divergent thinkers.

Review: 2000 words

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