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Watching mathematicians read mathematics

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posted on 09.05.2018, 12:55 by Matthew InglisMatthew Inglis, Lara AlcockLara Alcock
This report contributes to the debate about whether expert mathematicians skim-read mathematical proofs before engaging in detailed line-by-line reading. It reviews the conflicting introspective and behavioural evidence, then reports a new study of expert mathematicians' eye movements as they read both entire research-level mathematics papers and individual proofs within those papers. Our analysis reveals no evidence of skimming, and we discuss the implications of this for research and pedagogy.

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  • Science

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  • Mathematical Sciences

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42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

Citation

INGLIS, M. and ALCOCK, L., 2018. Watching mathematicians read mathematics. IN: Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Umea, Sweden, 3-8 July 2018.

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International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME) © The Authors

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

19/04/2018

Publication date

2018

Notes

This is a conference paper.

Language

en

Location

Umeå, Sweden

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