The Cultural Challenge in Mathematical Cognition
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Original versionBeller S, Bender A, Chrisomalis, Jordan, Overmann, Saxe, Schlimm D. The Cultural Challenge in Mathematical Cognition. Journal of Numerical Cognition. 2018;4(2):448-463 https://doi.org/10.5964/jnc.v4i2.137
In their recent paper on “Challenges in mathematical cognition”, Alcock and colleagues (Alcock et al. . Challenges in mathematical cognition: A collaboratively-derived research agenda. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 2, 20-41) defined a research agenda through 26 specific research questions. An important dimension of mathematical cognition almost completely absent from their discussion is the cultural constitution of mathematical cognition. Spanning work from a broad range of disciplines – including anthropology, archaeology, cognitive science, history of science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology – we argue that for any research agenda on mathematical cognition the cultural dimension is indispensable, and we propose a set of exemplary research questions related to it.