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Space for geometric work: points of affect

Rodd, Melissa (2015) Space for geometric work: points of affect. In: Mathematical Working Space. Instituto de Matemática Interdisciplinar (I.M.I.), Madrid, pp. 147-162. ISBN 9788460694755

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Abstract

This paper uses ideas from the field of neuroscience of attention to investigate emotional (or other affective) responses - ‘points of affect’ - that instigate change in teachers’ or learners’ Space for Geometric Work (‘SWG’). SWG theorises that physical space and tools or artefacts, together with suitable language development, are the components from which a cognitive grasp of geometry is formed. Research from the neuroscience of attention theorises a distinction between ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ attention. ‘Points of affect’ divert attention and thus can change a person’s SGW. The main body of the paper concerns relationships between deductive and perceptual reasoning in terms of attention processing and points of affect. Application to teaching geometry is discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Controlled Keywords: geometry, affect, proprioception
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 15:16
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 15:16
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