“This is a swindle: I do not need to calculate, I need to think only!". (English)

Lindmeier, Anke M. (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 37th conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education “Mathematics learning across the life span", PME 37, Kiel, Germany, July 28‒August 2, 2013. Vol. 4. Kiel: IPN‒Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel (ISBN 978-3-89088-290-1). 17-24 (2013).

“This is a swindle: I do not need to calculate, I need to think only!" said Nea, 25 years old woman, when she realized how to multiply and divide without algorithms. Poor mathematical competencies among adults result difficulties in many common day to day activities. Adults with poor mathematical competencies have often difficulties to get a good education and difficulties in employment. One of the adults of this kind is Nea who has learning disabilitities in mathematics, especially in basic mathematical skills. In this study, Nea’s story, learning basic mathematics as an adult, is described and examined in the perspective of life-long learning.