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Title: Flexible Mathematical Thought
Authors: Warner, Lisa B.
Coppolo, Joseph, Jr.
Davis, Gary E.
Keywords: Education
Issue Date: Jul-2002
Publisher: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Citation: Warner, L.B., Coppolo Jr., J. & Davis, G.E. (2002). Flexible mathematical thought. In A.D. Cockburn & E. Nardi (Eds.) Proceedings of the twenty-sixth annual meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: Learning from Learners, Norwich, UK, 4, 353-361.
Abstract: We consider different aspects of flexible thinking in mathematical contexts, and illustrate these by examples from recent mathematics classrooms. We argue that aspects of flexible mathematical thought can be encapsulated as an ability to use long-term declarative knowledge in novel situations. Both Karmiloff-Smith’s representational re-description and recent work in the psychology of memory are related to flexible thinking.
Description: This paper was presented at the 2002 Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) Conference in Norwich, UK.
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