Learn some of the new and growing research in cognitive science and learning.
So I was excited to come across the recently published “Evidence for Cognitive Science Principles that Impact Learning in Mathematics.” Julie Booth at Temple lead the study, and it provides a fantastic summation of the latest science of learning research in math.
The key principles that Booth outlines are here:
The paper brings to light some of the new and growing research in particular areas. For instance the paper emphasizes “error reflection” in math, and it argues that that “thinking about errors improves problem representation and conceptual understanding.”
The paper also underscores the value of video feedback, noting that it may be even better than “traditional textual feedback as it was found to slow down the pace of the learner, suggestively allowing more time for the student to internalize the concept.”
If you’re trying to better understand the science of learning in math—or need a solid overview—this is very helpful document.