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What do Attention, Memory, and Language Learning have to do with Problem Solving?

Presenter(s): 
Paul Goldenberg
Meeting: 
Keynote address at MassMATE, the Massachusetts Mathematics Association of Teacher Educators
Date: 
June 11, 2008
Location: 
Roger Williams University

The way young children learn their own language can tell us a lot about how they — and perhaps the rest of us — learn mathematics. Through examples of activities and children’s thinking, this talk will show some of the roles that attention, memory, and language processing play in problem-solving, and how to develop and take advantage of these “non-mathematical” strengths of children. Examples will include some ways that young children learn to use algebraic language, and one way to help solve the “word-problem” dilemma. Notes accompanying each slide help put the “speaker” back into the presentation.