Mathematical Reasoning: Analogies, Metaphors, and Images (Studies in Mathematical Thinking and Learning Series)

How we cause with mathematical principles remains to be a desirable and hard subject of research--particularly with the fast and numerous advancements within the box of cognitive technology that experience taken position in recent times. since it attracts on a number of disciplines, together with psychology, philosophy, desktop technology, linguistics, and anthropology, cognitive technology offers wealthy scope for addressing matters which are on the middle of mathematical studying.

Drawing upon the interdisciplinary nature of cognitive technology, this ebook provides a broadened viewpoint on arithmetic and mathematical reasoning. It represents a stream clear of the normal proposal of reasoning as "abstract" and "disembodied", to the modern view that it's "embodied" and "imaginative." From this angle, mathematical reasoning contains reasoning with constructions that emerge from our physically reports as we have interaction with the surroundings; those buildings expand past finitary propositional representations. Mathematical reasoning is inventive within the feel that it makes use of a few robust, illuminating units that constitution those concrete studies and rework them into types for summary suggestion. those "thinking tools"--analogy, metaphor, metonymy, and imagery--play an immense function in mathematical reasoning, because the chapters during this e-book exhibit, but their strength for reinforcing studying within the area has got little attractiveness.

This e-book is an try and fill this void. Drawing upon backgrounds in arithmetic schooling, academic psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and cognitive technological know-how, the bankruptcy authors offer a wealthy and accomplished research of mathematical reasoning. New and fascinating views are provided at the nature of arithmetic (e.g., "mind-based mathematics"), at the array of strong cognitive instruments for reasoning (e.g., "analogy and metaphor"), and at the alternative ways those instruments can facilitate mathematical reasoning. Examples are drawn from the reasoning of the preschool baby to that of the grownup learner.

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The four-way interplay among acquisition , grade, move challenge, and node unit was once major, F(l2,540) = 1. ninety three, P < . 03. the information answerable for the interplay, besides information of follow-up analyses, are offered in desk five. 1. The findings have been hugely in line with the tenets of case dependent reasoning (Hammond, 1989). that's, young children within the first constraint situation who mapped a script to the objective challenge have been anticipated to teach decrements in functionality on the first node, these within the 3rd constraint have been anticipated to make extra mistakes on the 3rd and fourth nodes, and youngsters in all 3 stipulations have been anticipated to teach decrements on the 6th node.

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