Affect and Mathematical Problem Solving

A New Perspective

  • Douglas B. McLeod
  • Verna M. Adams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. A Theory of Affect for Mathematical Problem Solving

  3. Studies of Learning

  4. Studies of Teaching

  5. Responses to the theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Barbara A. McDonald
      Pages 220-234
  6. Looking Back

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. George Mandler
      Pages 237-244
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-268

About this book


Research on cognitive aspects of mathematical problem solving has made great progress in recent years, but the relationship of affective factors to problem-solving performance has been a neglected research area. The purpose of Affect and Mathematical Problem Solving: A New Perspective is to show how the theories and methods of cognitive science can be extended to include the role of affect in mathematical problem solving. The book presents Mandler's theory of emotion and explores its implications for the learning and teaching of mathematical problem solving. Also, leading researchers from mathematics, education, and psychology report how they have integrated affect into their own cognitive research. The studies focus on metacognitive processes, aesthetic influences on expert problem solvers, teacher decision-making, technology and teaching problem solving, and beliefs about mathematics. The results suggest how emotional factors like anxiety, frustration, joy, and satisfaction can help or hinder performance in problem solving.


Action Emotion Problem Solving Problem-solving cognitive science learning linear optimization mathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas B. McLeod
    • 1
  • Verna M. Adams
    • 2
  1. 1.Elementary and Secondary EducationWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8178-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3614-6
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