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Author:Nicole McNeil, University of Notre Dame
Description: The Cognition Learning and Development (CLAD) Lab studies how children think, learn, and solve math problems, in pursuit of the mechanisms involved in the development of quantitative reasoning, symbolic understanding, and problem solving. What basic cognitive processes contribute to people's understanding (and misunderstanding) of math? How do different types of arithmetic practice affect children's understanding of math? Download conference posters and publications from Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Journal of Cognition and Development such as "You'll see what you mean: Students encode equations based on their knowledge of arithmetic"; "Middle-school students' understanding of the equal sign: The books they read can't help"; "Limitations to teaching children 2 + 2 = 4: Typical arithmetic problems can hinder learning of mathematical equivalence"; "Using concreteness in education: Real problems, potential solutions"; and "Continuity in Representation Between Children and Adults: Arithmetic Knowledge Hinders Undergraduates' Algebraic Problem Solving."

Levels: Research
Languages: English
Resource Types: Research Centers, Articles
Math Ed Topics: Psychological/Affective Issues, Specific Math Concepts/Techniques, Psychological Research

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