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Mathematical Creativity

Mathematics is often viewed as a field where the ability to apply theorems and algorithms is essential to the development of a deep conceptual understanding. Overlooked is the fact that the theorems and algorithms taught are the creative products of the application of mathematics. All students need insight into the creative process as well as the product of mathematics, but for gifted students, neglecting the creative side of mathematics often results in boredom and loss of interest. A conceptual understanding of mathematical creativity, the difference between academic and creative talent, and ways to develop creativity are all necessary to meet the needs of the gifted.

Defining Mathematical Creativity

Attempts to define mathematical creativity have yielded a multitude of definitions. Some apply the concepts of fluency, flexibility, and ...

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