How to learn math – a new view.

In Brain General Structure and Function, Brain Science, Memory and Learning by Brainy Days Ahead

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) argue that understanding the relationship between size and number is what’s critical for the development of higher math abilities. By combining number and size (e.g., area, density, and perimeter), we can make faster and more efficient decisions. This conclusion is in contrast with a prevailing theory that people are born with a “sense of numbers,” an innate ability to recognize different quantities, and that this ability improves with age. The researchers instead suggest that a “sense of magnitude” that enables people to discriminate between different “continuous magnitudes,” such as the density of two groups of apples or total surface area of two pizza trays, is even more basic and automatic than a “sense of numbers.”