Keynote: Intuition and Cognitive Conflict: From “Oh-Oh” to “Ah-Ha”


Student’s ability to engage with challenging tasks often requires them to take risks and to build on initial intuitions they may have about the problem. However, students can frequently doubt their intuitions and be afraid to pursue them for fear of being wrong. Following your intuitions down sometimes blind alleys is a natural part of authentic mathematical enquiry. This presentation will demonstrate strategies that encourage students to take risks and not be afraid of being wrong. We will explore tasks that are deliberately designed to go against students’ intuitions or beliefs about mathematics they have previously constructed. With considered approaches we can successfully move students towards ‘Ah-Ha’ moments of positive discovery and growth. Such tasks can be used to help students build conceptual connections across all curriculum levels. This presentation is targeted for year 7 to senior secondary teachers.

Greg Oates

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
F-05 06/12/2019 09:00 am 10:00 am La Trobe University, Bundoora


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