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Understanding the role of reasoning ability in mathematical achievement

Frosch, Caren and Simms, Victoria (2015) Understanding the role of reasoning ability in mathematical achievement. In: EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science. EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science. 6 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

A theoretical link between reasoning and mathematical abilityhas been supported by some recent empirical evidence. Weargue that some of this evidence is indirect and measureselection may have influenced this relationship. We reportone study in which mathematical ability was measured usinga fluency and a calculation measure (Wood-cock Johnson-III,2001) and reasoning ability was measured using the extendedcognitive reflection test (Toplack, West & Stanovich, 2014)and a belief bias conditional reasoning task. Results from 68undergraduate students suggest that mathematical ability ispredicted by performance on the cognitive reflection test butnot conditional reasoning performance. We discuss theimplications of these findings for research on the link betweenmathematical ability and reasoning skills.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Speech)
Keywords:Mathematics, reasoning, cognitive reflection
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict and Equality
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:32466
Deposited By: Dr Victoria Simms
Deposited On:27 Oct 2015 11:31
Last Modified:27 Oct 2015 11:31

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