Student maths mental models

Researchers have reported that:

  • Most students never develop mental models for the maths they are taught at uni. They rely on memorized procedures.
  • Of those who do develop mental models, most of their models are:
    • Not good enough;
    • Contain contradictions;
    • Wrong; or
    • Not useful.

Yet, we know that you can teach people to develop good mental models because it is being done successfully in other fields.