European and Chinese Cognitive Styles and Their Impact on Teaching Mathematics

  • Filippo Spagnolo
  • Benedetto Di Paola

Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 277)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Filippo Spagnolo, Benedetto Di Paola
    Pages 1-2
  3. Filippo Spagnolo, Benedetto Di Paola
    Pages 3-11
  4. Filippo Spagnolo, Benedetto Di Paola
    Pages 47-89
  5. Filippo Spagnolo, Benedetto Di Paola
    Pages 91-117
  6. Filippo Spagnolo, Benedetto Di Paola
    Pages 201-218
  7. Filippo Spagnolo, Benedetto Di Paola
    Pages 219-228
  8. Filippo Spagnolo, Benedetto Di Paola
    Pages 229-242
  9. Back Matter

About this book


The book provides strong evidence that research on the cognitive processes from arithmetic thought to algebraic thought should take into consideration the socio-cultural context. It is an important contribution to the literature on linguistic structure in comparative studies related to Chinese student mathematics learning.

This book not only makes a great contribution to research in mathematics education, the findings of this study also addressed insightful approaches and thoughts of understanding the development of algebraic thinking in cultural contexts for classroom teachers. Using written Chinese language from different theoretical references provided wonderful approaches for understanding student algebra cognitive development in a different way and calls educators for to pay special attention to an epistemological and linguistic view of algebraic development. The findings inform classroom teachers that the cultural context plays an important role in student learning mathematics. A typical analysis of the cognitive dimension involved in some in the historical and cultural contexts is a great resource for classroom teachers.

I really enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot from its compelling analysis.

Shuhua An, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Program in Mathematics Education, California State University, Long Beach



Chinese Cognitive Systems Computational Intelligence European Languages Teaching Math algebra education epistemology fuzzy logic intelligence learning mathematics mathematics education natural language

Authors and affiliations

  • Filippo Spagnolo
    • 1
  • Benedetto Di Paola
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Matematica e InformaticaUniversità di PalermoPalermoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-11679-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-11680-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-949X
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-9503
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