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First-person Accounts of Advanced Mathematical Thinking
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 3:15pm
Portland State University
Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics
 
The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*
presents

Keith Nabb
~ Department of Mathematics, Moraine Valley Community College ~
 
First-Person Accounts of Advanced Mathematical Thinking
 
Abstract:  The field of "advanced mathematical thinking" (AMT) has seen enormous growth and development since its infancy in the 1980s. Through the research of many working groups and independent thinkers, elaborate theories have developed about how humans think and do mathematics. Currently, there are unresolved issues in the field including (a) a lack of consensus regarding the nature of AMT, (b) a lack of attention on students, and (c) theoretical saturation. Each of these contributes, albeit in different ways, to deepening the rift between educational research and classroom practice. A study in its early stages recommends we gather student descriptions of AMT to press forward and contribute in three important ways: (a) sharpening what the community means by AMT, (b) determining how (or whether) these theories manifest themselves in problem-solving situations, and (c) infusing the results of student thinking into modern curricula.
 
Friday, June 3rd, 2011, 3:15pm
Neuberger Hall room 454
(Refreshments served at 3:00 Neuberger Hall room 344)
 

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.