How students (mis-) understand science and mathematics: intuitive rules

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In this facinating volume, Ruth Satvy and Dina Tirosh argue that existing models of cognition are not reach enough to explain how students conceive and misconceive scientific and mathematical content. The authors propose a new theory of "intuitive rules" and demonstrate how these rules can be used to interpret the important misconceptions many students have about science and math. By showing how learners react in similar ways to scientifically unrelated situations, the authors make a strong case for a theoretical framework that explains these inconsistencies and predicts students responses to scientific and mathematical problem-solving tasks. Provided are useful teaching strategies, grounded in the framework, that should be used to strengthen students' abilities to understand and apply scientific and mathematics principles. - Back cover.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTeachers College Press
Number of pages127
ISBN (Print)0585378339, 0807739588, 0807739596, 9780585378336, 9780807739587
StatePublished - 2000

Publication series

NameWays of knowing in science series
PublisherTeachers College Press

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Cognitive learning
  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching
  • Science -- Study and teaching
  • Science education
  • Scientific education


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