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Editorial: Psychology and mathematics education

  • We use numbers and fractions every day, for example when we are doing our shopping or baking a cake. But mathematics is, of course, much more: it is the language of science, or, to use Galileo's words, “the book of Nature is written in mathematical language” (Galileo, 1623) and some mathematical competencies beyond basic arithmetic are required in most professions. Basic mathematics, i.e., elementary arithmetic, elementary geometry and some elements of calculus, is taught in school, not just for everyday life, but as a tool for many different professions. In school, however, mathematics is either “loved” or “hated”, as Hersh and John-Steiner masterfully describe in their book “Loving and Hating Mathematics” (Hersh and John-Steiner, 2010). Research in mathematics education has definitely contributed to reducing school students' hatred of mathematics and this reduction may be seen as one of its many goals. In contrast with mathematics, the field of mathematics education is strongly interdisciplinary; the closest field to influence it directly is psychology. In fact, mathematics education is consistently shaped by both behavioral and cognitive perspectives, since so many factors—the power of visualizations, the effect of representation formats, but also factors like gender, self-efficacy, etc.—influence and sometimes determine students' performance. Our aim for this Research Topic and for the collection of papers we are now publishing has thus been to illustrate the relevance of such various psychological perspectives for mathematics education using the contributions of colleagues from around the world. All the contributions we have collected address these interdisciplinary perspectives explicitly or implicitly.

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Author:Laura Martignon, Karin BinderORCiD, Katharina LoiblORCiD, Laura Macchi, Gila Hanna
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher:Frontiers Media S.A.
Document Type:Article
Date of first Publication:2023/07/27
Release Date:2024/02/27
Tag:classroom; learning; mathematics; pedagogy; psychology
GND Keyword:Mathematik
Page Number:7
Open Access:Frei zugänglich
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International