Aesthetic Influences on Expert Mathematical Problem Solving

  • Edward A. Silver
  • Wendy Metzger


In the past two decades, considerable progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms underlying successful human problem solving. One valuable line of inquiry has focused on the differences between experts and novices in a variety of task domains, including mathematics and science (e.g., Frederiksen, 1984; Silver & Marshall, in press). This research has highlighted a number of features that distinguish expert from novice behavior. It has been established, for example, that experts have extensive and powerfully organized stores of domain-specific knowledge that they can access in solving problems in their discipline. Moreover, experts have flexible representation systems available, and they often engage in qualitative analyses of problems before beginning quantitative actions.


Emotional Response Mathematical Activity Geometry Problem Aesthetic Judgment Metacognitive Activity 
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  • Edward A. Silver
  • Wendy Metzger

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