


Working Group 6: Mathematics and Intuition / Atelier 6:
Mathématiques et intuition (B. Davis, G. Flewelling, K. Hoechsmann)
 BRENT DAVIS, GARY FLEWELLING, AND KLAUS HOECHSMANN, University of Alberta, Brock University, PIMS
Mathematics and Intuition / Mathématiques et intuition
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Whatever "intuition" might be, in mathematics or elsewhere, most
people would agree that it is largely (if not wholly) shaped by
EXPERIENCE.
In this working group, we shall try to
 (1)
 define areas of desired "intuitive competence" in students and
teachers of mathematics (e.g., sense of number, quantity, space, logic, etc.),
 (2)
 make conjectures as to the sorts of experiences that might support
such competences (e.g., measuring, computing, drawing, building, etc.),
 (3)
 clarify the role of technology in the development of mathematical
intuition.
These points will be considered in the context of each of the three
"themes" of this forum (i.e., thought, school, teachers.)
Our discussions will be framed by brief overviews of relevant research
in the cognitive sciences and contextualized by examples from ongoing
investigations in a specific group of adolescent learners.

