# Mathematics Education as a Matter of Cognition

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**DOI:**https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_520

## Introduction

The word

*cognition*is defined in most dictionaries as (1) process of knowing, (2) something that is known, (3) thinking, (4) perception, and (5) study of the mind. There are numerous other meanings that can be found in the domains of psychology, biology, philosophy, sociology, linguistics, and phenomenology. However, for mathematics education the primary focus has been on psychology and secondarily on biology, philosophy, and sociology. Therefore, an exploration of mathematics education as a matter of cognition implies describing and analyzing the domain of mathematics education as evolving in its notion of cognition from its roots in psychology and moving onto domains that broaden the notion of “cognition” for mathematics education researchers. There are three objectives:- (a)
To determine a “starting point” (if any) for research on cognition in mathematics education.

- (b)
To unfold the development of mathematics education as a field of research based on its interaction...

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