The Rationality Debate: Application of Cognitive Psychology to Mathematics Education
 Uri Leron,
 Orit Hazzan
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Research in mathematics education usually attempts to look into students’ learning and other mental processes. It could therefore be expected to build on knowledge acquired within the academic discipline of cognitive psychology. Our aim in this paper is to show how some recent developments in cognitive psychology can help interpret empirical results from mathematics education. In particular, we will be looking into the heuristicsandbiases research by Kahneman and Tversky, the alternative views by Gigerenzer et al., and the more recent dualprocess theory that has come to play a central role in interpreting this research. We first introduce the relevant background from cognitive psychology and survey its connections to previous work in mathematics education; then we apply this theoretical framework for reinterpreting previouslypublished empirical data from mathematics education research. We conclude with a discussion of potential theoretical and practical benefits of such synthesis.
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 Title
 The Rationality Debate: Application of Cognitive Psychology to Mathematics Education
 Journal

Educational Studies in Mathematics
Volume 62, Issue 2 , pp 105126
 Cover Date
 20060601
 DOI
 10.1007/s1064900648331
 Print ISSN
 00131954
 Online ISSN
 15730816
 Publisher
 Kluwer Academic Publishers
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 cognitive psychology
 dualprocess theory
 heuristics and biases
 misconceptions
 rationality debate
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 Uri Leron ^{(1)}
 Orit Hazzan ^{(1)}
 Author Affiliations

 1. Department of Education in Technology and Science, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, 32000, Isreal