%0 Journal Article
A% Zahidi, Karim
%T Not All Problems Are Equal: Is Varela’s Concept of a Problem Transferable to Mathematics Education Research?
%D 2017
%J Constructivist Foundations
%P 175-177
%V 13
%N 1
%U http://constructivist.info/13/1/175.zahidi
%X Open peer commentary on the article “From Problem Solving to Problem Posing, and from Strategies to Laying Down a Path in Solving: Taking Varela’s Ideas to Mathematics Education Research” by Jérôme Proulx & Jean-François Maheux. Upshot: I examine to what extend Varela’s remarks on problem-solving can be applied to mathematical problem-solving. I argue that despite similarities between Varela’s epistemological model and recent advances in mathematics education research on problem-solving, trying to fit ideas and concepts from the latter domain in the Varelian mold runs the risk of misconstruing fundamental aspects of mathematical problem-solving.