NOMAD 22(2), 2017

A tool for understanding pupils’ mathematical thinking

Hanna Viitala


This article provides a tool for studying pupils’ mathematical thinking. Mathematical thinking is seen as a cognitive function that is highly influenced by affect and meta-level of mind. The situational problem solving behaviour is studied together with metacognition and affect which together with pupils’ view of mathematics form a dynamic construct that reveals pupils’ mathematical thinking. The case of Daniel is introduced to illustrate the dynamic nature of the framework.

Hanna Viitala

Hanna Viitala is a PhD student at the University of Agder, Norway, and a mathematics teacher in a secondary school in Finland. She is interested in pupils’ mathematical thinking, problem solving, metacognition, affect, and mathematics learning.