Are intuitive rules universal?

Ruth Stavy*, Reuven Babai, Pessia Tsamir, Dina Tirosh, Fou Lai Lin, Campbell McRobbie

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This paper presents a cross-cultural study on the intuitive rules theory. The study was conducted in Australia (with aboriginal children) in Taiwan and in Israel. Our findings indicate that Taiwanese and Australian Aboriginal students, much like Israeli ones, provided incorrect responses, most of which were in line with the intuitive rules. Also, developmental trends were found to be similar yet differences were found with regard to the rate of developmental change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-436
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative conceptions
  • Comparison tasks
  • Cross-cultural study
  • Intuitive rules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Mathematics


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