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Teachers’ perceptions of mathematical creativity and its nurture. (English)
Tso, Tai-Yih (ed.), Proceedings of the 36th conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education “Opportunities to learn in mathematics education", PME 36, Taipei, Taiwan, July 18‒22, 2012, Vol. 4. Taipei: National Taiwan Normal University. 91-98 (2012).
Summary: In order to design a graduate course for upper-elementary mathematics teachers that focuses on creativity, its nurture and evaluation, we asked teachers to respond a questionnaire aimed at uncovering their beliefs and conceptions regarding various issues that concern with creativity. Part of the teachers was also interviewed. The findings indicate that teachers’ conceptions are narrow, and that nurturing students’ creativity is perceived as impossible in the context of regular classes due to curricular constraints. Following the results we designed a learning environment that exposes teachers to the multifaceted nature of creativity, and engage them with discussing appropriate approaches to nurture and evaluate students’ creativity as an integral part of daily teaching.
Classification: C30 C29
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