Mathematical creativity in adolescents

Mathematical creativity in generally gifted and mathematically excelling adolescents: what makes the difference?
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Due to uncertainty regarding the relationship between mathematical creativity, mathematical expertise and general giftedness, we have conducted a large-scale study that explores the relationship between mathematical creativity and mathematical ability. We distinguish between relative and absolute creativity in order to address personal creativity as a characteristic that can be developed in schoolchildren. This paper presents part of a study that focuses on the power of multiple solution tasks (MSTs) as a tool for the evaluation of relative creativity. We discuss relationships between mathematical creativity, mathemat- ical ability and general giftedness as reflected in the present empirical study of senior high school students in Israel which implemented the MST tool. The study demonstrates that between-group differences are task dependent and are a function of mathematical insight as it is integrated in the mathematical task. Thus, we conclude that different types of MSTs can be used for different research purposes, which we discuss at the end of this paper.

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Field of interest מקצועות ותחומי לימוד, קוגניציה, הוראה ולמידה
Language English
Year 2013
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