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The hammer-and-nail phenomenon in mathematics education
  • Kien H Lim, University of Texas at El Paso
"For a person with a hammer, everything looks like a nail" is a proverb that can be used to highlight the phenomenon that students tend to rely on familiar ideas as opposed to taking time to think about and analyse a problem. Presented in this theoretical paper is the usefulness of the hammer-and-nail metaphor, other related theoretical constructs, pedagogical causes of student impulsive behaviours, and pedagogical suggestions for addressing them.
  • impulsive disposition,
  • Einstellung effect,
  • spurious correlation,
  • intuitive rule,
  • cognitive tempo
Publication Date
July, 2012
Citation Information
Kien H Lim. "The hammer-and-nail phenomenon in mathematics education" (2012)
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