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Psychology of learning mathematics Notes
Notes - 20/3/00

Do tests of divergent thinking require novel situations? If the situation is not novel we may be testing memory rather than divergent thinking.

Is divergent thinking innate or can it be improved by study? Tests of twins suggest that variation in divergent ability may involve non-genetic factors.

Do the tests require the subjects to be unaware of what is begin tested? Dryzek (Mismeasure of economic man) Q methodology. Treating subjects as conscious sources of information. Also Vygotsky.

Implications for testing - Number of test subjects:

Can I construct Q sorts to compare convergent and divergent opinions?

What views am I trying to test?

Ways of asking Styles of statement Possible statements
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