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What does math education research know about difficulty vs. effectiveness?

I've asked basically the same question previously on on math.SE, then cogsci.SE without much response, surely here is the place to ask this. As anecdotal evidence is plentiful, but unfortunately ...
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Calculation versus writing in mathematics

Writing mathematics is an important activity of the mathematician. In trying to write one's mathematics, one finds ways to balance intuition and rigor and to efficiently communicate concepts and ideas ...
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Response to Students Who Say "This Is Not Important"

Lately, my students keep telling me why what we are learning is not important. They ask me when will we use this in the real world? I explain how math is important in gambling, cooking, finance, ...
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What methods successfully identify and eliminate severe math anxiety?

What methods are effective in identifying and eliminating severe math anxiety, this most terrible and unfortunate part of modern mathematics education? This question is not about ordinary math anxiety ...
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Learning vs. Development in Practice as a Math Educator

As a math educator, do you distinguish between the concepts of "learning" and "development?" If so, what is the distinction for you? What would you say the consequences of this distinction are to ...