Openness and Constraints Associated with Creativity-Directed Activities in Mathematics for All Students

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Abstract

In this response paper, I address the collection of chapters devoted to creativity-directed activities in mathematics. I analyse the chapters in the light of recommendations for the development of twenty-first-century skills that include creativity. I outline the commonalities and differences in the works of different authors through the lens of activity theory. Then I suggest categorization of the creativity-directed mathematical tasks presented here using three distinct features that appear in multiple chapters: openness, constraints and mathematical insight. Finally, I argue that creativity-directed activities constitute a springboard for the development of cognitive, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills by means of mathematical instruction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBroadening the Scope of Research on Mathematical Problem Solving
Subtitle of host publicationA Focus on Technology, Creativity and Affect
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages387-397
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)2570-4729, 2570-4737
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

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