Does an ability to pattern indicate that our thinking is mathematical?

Catherine McCluskey, Michael Mitchelmore, Joanne Mulligan

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    Abstract

    Research affirms that pattern and structure underlie the development of a broad range of mathematical concepts. However, the concept of pattern also occurs in other fields. This theoretical paper explores pattern recognition, a neurological construct based on the work of Goldberg (2005), and pattern as defined in the field of mathematics to highlight what is intrinsically similar about the concept in these domains. An emerging model of patterning is proposed to describe this relationship.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMathematics education
    Subtitle of host publicationyesterday, today and tomorrow : proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    EditorsVicki Steinle, Lynda Ball, Caroline Bardini
    Place of PublicationAdelaide
    PublisherMERGA
    Pages482-489
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9780734048448
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventAnnual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (36th : 2013) - Melbourne
    Duration: 7 Jul 201311 Jul 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (36th : 2013)
    CityMelbourne
    Period7/07/1311/07/13

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    McCluskey, C., Mitchelmore, M., & Mulligan, J. (2013). Does an ability to pattern indicate that our thinking is mathematical? In V. Steinle, L. Ball, & C. Bardini (Eds.), Mathematics education: yesterday, today and tomorrow : proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 482-489). Adelaide: MERGA.