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The conditions of flow and mathematical problem solving. (English)
Philos. Math. Educ. J. 29, 6 p., electronic only (2015).
From the text: {\it M. Csikszentmihalyi}’s studies [Flow: the psychology of optimal experience. New York, NY: Harper \& Row (1990); “Thoughts about education", in: D. Dickinson (ed.), Creating the future: perspectives on educational change. Aston Clinton, Bucks: Accelerated Learning Systems. 3 p. (1991)] of how our best moments are those when we are in control of our conscious and in what he calls a state of flow, bring to light a new found dimension in mathematics education. The purpose of this paper is to introduce this connection and set the framework for deeper exploration. The points made in this discussion relate only to the conditions of flow that can be met through appropriate problem solving, and do not thoroughly consider the complexity of either fields. A further discussion would be necessary to discuss the nature of the connection between flow and problem solving and to measure to what extent mathematical problem solving can be a context for a state of flow to occur.
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