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Title: On the persuasiveness of visual arguments in mathematics
Authors: Inglis, Matthew
Mejia-Ramos, Juan P.
Keywords: Belief
Experimental methods
Visual arguments
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Springer
Citation: INGLIS, M. and MEJIA-RAMOS, J.P., 2009. On the persuasiveness of visual arguments in mathematics. Foundations of Science, 14 (1-2), pp. 97-110.
Abstract: Two experiments are reported which investigate the factors that influence how persuaded mathematicians are by visual arguments. We demonstrate that if a visual argument is accompanied by a passage of text which describes the image, both research-active mathematicians and successful undergraduate mathematics students perceive it to be significantly more persuasive than if no text is given. We suggest that mathematicians’ epistemological concerns about supporting a claim using visual images are less prominent when the image is described in words. Finally we suggest that empirical studies can make a useful contribution to our understanding of mathematical practice.
Description: The final publication is available at: www.springerlink.com
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1007/s10699-008-9149-4
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8574
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10699-008-9149-4
ISSN: 1233-1821
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mathematics Education Centre)

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