Mathematics education

Psychology of learning mathematics

Notes

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- Divergent / Convergent
- Mathematics / Biology

Biology

- 1. Lamark / Darwin
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- Con. (New Scientist) -

- 2. Gene function
- Div. (Venter) Some genes have more than one role or sub-role
- Con. () One gene, one function.

- 3. History in biology
- Div. (Mayr) Evolution is a study of the history of organisms.
- Con. (Student) History is not high on the biology agenda

- 4. Mathematics in biology
- Div. (Mayr) Many areas of biology can be understood without mathematics.
- Con. (Student) Maths is a great help to biology.

- 5. Statistics and proof
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- 6. Numbers of answers
- Div. (Mayr) Most problems in biology have many answers.
- Con. (-Mayr)

- 7. Monocultures vs. diversity
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- 8. Accidents vs. universals
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- 1. Fixed / changing
- Div. (Ernest) Maths is always changing and growing.
- Con. (Ernest) Maths consists of a set of fixed, everlasting truths.

- 2. Methods of solution
- Div. (Ernest) There are many ways of solving any problem in maths.
- Con. (Ernest) There is only one correct way of solving any maths problem.

- 3. Numbers of answers.
- Div. (Ernest) Some maths problems have many answers, some have none.
- Con. (Ernest) Maths is always exact and certain.

- 4. Exploring number patterns
- Div. (-Ernest) Exploring number patterns is useful maths.
- Con. (Ernest) Puzzles and investigations are not proper maths.

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Created 24/5/00

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