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Attending to feeling: Productive benefit to novel mathematics problem-solving 


Carol R. Aldous 
Flinders University carol.aldous@flinders.edu.au

 

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Abstract

What does attention to feeling have to do with solving problems in mathematics? Can feeling be used to navigate a path to a solution? What is meant by a feeling anyway? To what kind of problem does this productive benefit refer? A study of 405 middle school students solving two novel mathematics problems found that individuals utilising a feeling or free-flowing approach to reasoning were more likely to be successful in reaching a solution than those who did not. Indeed, feeling cognitions were found to have both a direct and indirect effect on the generation of a solution depending on whether mainly spatial or verbal processing was required. This finding is consistent with neuroscience research. 

Problem solving, feeling cognitions, mathematics, causal model

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Aldous, C.R. (2006) Attending to feeling: Productive benefit to novel mathematics problem-solving. International Education Journal, 7 (4), 410-422.
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