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Avoiding the low road in learning mathematics

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: April 9, 2011

I wrote recently about cognitive theft in mathematics, an act that teachers – including parents – often carry out that short circuits a student’s possibility of working through a problem themselves. x There’s another side to cognitive theft – an act of omission – in which students themselves often engage. Students often take away their […]

Do mathematically less able students unnecessarily complicate things?

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: December 30, 2010

A few anecdotal experiences, separated widely in time and space, have led me to speculate that less able mathematics students might be unnecessarily complicating procedures and examples, to the point where the complication impedes their learning. Guess my number A colleague at the University of Melbourne in Australia told me, many years ago, about her […]