Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 197–209

Intuitive rules in number theory: Example of ‘The more of A, the more of B’ rule implementation

  • Rina Zazkis

DOI: 10.1023/A:1003711828805

Cite this article as:
Zazkis, R. Educational Studies in Mathematics (1999) 40: 197. doi:10.1023/A:1003711828805


Students' belief that a larger number has more factors is outlined as a particular example of ‘the more of A, the more of B’ intuitive rule. Robustness of this belief is discussed by demonstrating students' tendency to perceive conflicting evidence as an exception to the rule. Some pedagogical approaches are considered.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rina Zazkis
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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