Psychology of learning mathematics
Notes - 13/3/00
Title: Divergent thinking and the dialogue between biology and mathematics.
(keywords: - mathematics education, biology, divergent thinking, history)
Introduction: 500 words
The purpose of this study is to investigate the links between divergent
thinking and the mathematical attainment of biology students. Divergent
thinking is the ability to find multiple answers to a particular problem.
Divergent thinking can be contrasted with convergent thinking - the ability
to find the best single answer to a problem. (Note: the terms divergent and
convergent were introduced by Guilford to replace the terms creative and
intelligent respectively.) Hudson found that in mathematics convergent
thinkers out-numbered divergent thinkers by 3 to 1. In biology, on the other
hand, he found equal numbers of convergent and divergent thinkers.
Review: 2000 words
- Key ideas
- Divergent & Convergent thinking
- Methodology of biology
- Maths education in biology??
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