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Cognition in the Formal Modes: Research Mathematics and the SOLO Taxonomy


Chick, HL, Cognition in the Formal Modes: Research Mathematics and the SOLO Taxonomy, Mathematics Education Research Journal, 10, (2) pp. 4-26. ISSN 1033-2170 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF03217340


Mathematics researchers put considerable cognitive effort into trying to expand the body of mathematical knowledge. In so doing, is their cognitive behaviour different from those who work on more standard mathematical problems? This paper attempts to examine some aspects of mathematical cognition at the highest level of formal functioning. It illustrates how the structure of a mathematician's output--and, to a certain extent, its cognitive complexity--can be characterised by the SOLO taxonomy. A number of cognitive and philosophical issues concerning mathematical functioning at the research level will also be discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Learning sciences
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chick, HL (Associate Professor Helen Chick)
ID Code:13585
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Early Childhood and Primary Education
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08

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