The cultural challenge in mathematical cognition

Journal of Numerical Cognition 2 (4):448–463 (2018)

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Karenleigh Anne Overmann
University of Bergen
Dirk Schlimm
McGill University
Abstract
In their recent paper on “Challenges in mathematical cognition”, Alcock and colleagues (Alcock et al. [2016]. Challenges in mathematical cognition: A collaboratively-derived research agenda. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 2, 20-41) defined a research agenda through 26 specific research questions. An important dimension of mathematical cognition almost completely absent from their discussion is the cultural constitution of mathematical cognition. Spanning work from a broad range of disciplines – including anthropology, archaeology, cognitive science, history of science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology – we argue that for any research agenda on mathematical cognition the cultural dimension is indispensable, and we propose a set of exemplary research questions related to it.
Keywords mathematical cognition  numerical cognition  culture  research agenda
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