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The Development of Mathematical Thinking

One focus of our research is the development of mathematical competence and literacy, and especially the processes children and adults use to solve simple arithmetic problems. Mathematical skills vary widely across individuals at almost any age level, and so the domain is ideal for studying differential development of cognitive skills. Research is currently underway on conceptual understanding and problem solving, on memory processes, and on the influence of schooling. These studies are conducted in local schools and in my laboratory. We use a variety of measures, including solution latencies, error data, and verbal protocols, with adults and with children as young as 3 years of age. Our work on the development of mathematical thinking is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

The professors, researchers and students involved in this lab typically do research relating to children's abilities to solve mathematical problems. However, other work involving language, learning, memory, and cognition is being done by the lab members in conjunction with other partners within the Developmental Science section of the Psychology department at the University of Alberta.
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Room: BS-P 209
Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada
T6G 2E9

Phone: 780-492-5258
Fax: 780-492-1768
e-mail: jbisanz@ualberta.ca