Publication Date

8-3-2016

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Disciplines

Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Science and Mathematics Education

Publication Title

Proceedings of the 40th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 3

Conference Location

Szeged, Hungary

Editor

Csaba Csíkos, Attila Rausch, Judit Szitányi

First Page

227

Last Page

234

Abstract

Episodic future thinking is a process of mentally projecting one's self into a future event, allowing the event to be experienced before it actually occurs (Atance & O'Neill, 2001). The current study explores the possibility that students engage in episodic future thinking while solving mathematical tasks. Participating students were given mathematical situations and verbalized thoughts that emerged as they planned resolutions to the situations. All participants exhibited episodic future thinking and we present a categorization of these thoughts. Given extant results on the positive influence episodic future thinking has on general problem-solving ability, we propose that a similar influence might exist on mathematical problem solving.

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