Characteristics of the learners

Kay Owens, Shirley Yates

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The emphasis in this chapter is on individual student’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional characteristics and on the strengthening and use of their capabilities for learning mathematics. Strengths such as recognising and using patterns or having a good sense of structure or size, combine with alternative perceptual paths and long-term memory to assist with mathematical inquiry and learning. In particular, these strengths help in making and having imagery for developing mathematical concepts. Among the cognitive characteristics are verbal and visual processes, establishing relationships between physical and mental objects, attention and intention, conceptual development, heuristics and approaches to inquiry, generalising and reasoning. The learner’s attitudes, beliefs, emotions, confidence, willingness to try, and learned attitudes to their place as a mathematics learner impact on their mathematical identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnabling mathematics learning of struggling students
EditorsYan Ping Xin, Ron Tzur, Helen Thouless
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783030952167
ISBN (Print)9783030952150
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Publication series

NameResearch in Mathematics Education
PublisherSpringer Nature


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