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Babai, Reuven; Eidelman, Rachel Rosanne; Stavy, Ruth – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
Many students encounter difficulties in science and mathematics. Earlier research suggested that although intuitions are often needed to gain new ideas and concepts and to solve problems in science and mathematics, some of students' difficulties could stem from the interference of intuitive reasoning. The literature suggests that overcoming…
Descriptors: Reaction Time, Inhibition, Science Education, Mathematics Education
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Babai, Reuven; Zilber, Hanna; Stavy, Ruth; Tirosh, Dina – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study investigates the effect on student performance in drawing their attention to relevant task variables, focusing on accuracy of responses and reaction times. We chose this methodology in order to better understand how such interventions affect the reasoning process. The study employs a geometry task in which the irrelevant salient…
Descriptors: Intervention, Grade 8, Reaction Time, Geometry
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Babai, Reuven – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
According to the intuitive rules theory, students are affected by a small number of intuitive rules when solving a wide variety of science and mathematics tasks. The current study considers the relationship between students' Piagetian cognitive levels and their tendency to answer in line with intuitive rules when solving comparison tasks. The…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Science Education, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes
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Babai, Reuven; Brecher, Tali; Stavy, Ruth; Tirosh, Dina – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2006
One theoretical framework which addresses students' conceptions and reasoning processes in mathematics and science education is the intuitive rules theory. According to this theory, students' reasoning is affected by intuitive rules when they solve a wide variety of conceptually non-related mathematical and scientific tasks that share some common…
Descriptors: Reaction Time, Probability, Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills
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Stavy, Ruth; Babai, Reuven; Tsamir, Pessia; Tirosh, Dina; Lin, Fou-Lai; McRobbie, Campbell – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2006
This paper presents a cross-cultural study on the intuitive rules theory. The study was conducted in Australia (with aboriginal children) in Taiwan and in Israel. Our findings indicate that Taiwanese and Australian Aboriginal students, much like Israeli ones, provided incorrect responses, most of which were in line with the intuitive rules. Also,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intuition, Thinking Skills, Theories