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Cultivating Creativity in the Mathematics Classroom using Open-ended Tasks: A Systematic Review
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Utvecklande av kreativitet i matematikklassrum med hjälp av öppna problem : En systematisk genomgång A Systematic Review (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Creativity is an ever relevant concept in problem-solving. Indeed, one could argue that no problem is really problematic unless it requires creative thinking; such problems can be solved by simply applying known facts and employing suitable algorithms. Yet, that is exactly how many tasks in mathematics textbooks are structured today. The present study aims to find other tasks, which can infuse creativity in the mathematics classroom. Special attention is turned towards a class of tasks known as open-ended tasks because of their creative potential. A literature review spanning 70 sources yields 17 types of open-ended tasks, and these are subsequently exemplified, classified, analyzed, and discussed from a teacher’s perspective.

Abstract [sv]

Kreativitet är ett begrepp som ständigt är relevant i problemlösning. Man skulle till och med kunna hävda att ett problem egentligen inte är problematisk såvida det inte kräver kreativt tänkande; sådana problem kan ju annars enkelt lösas genom att applicera kända fakta och använda lämpliga algoritmer. Ändå är det precis så som många uppgifter är strukturerade i dagens matematikläroböcker. Den här uppsatsen syftar till att hitta andra sorters uppgifter som därmed skulle kunna ingjuta kreativitet i matematikklassrummet. Särskild uppmärksamhet riktas mot en viss klass av uppgifter – öppna uppgifter – på grund av deras kreativa potential. En litteraturgenomgång av 70 källor alstrar 17 typer av öppna uppgifter, och dessa exemplifieras, klassificeras, analyseras, och diskuteras sedan utifrån ett lärarperspektiv.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 26 p.
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LiU-LÄR-MA-A, 2016:01
Keyword [en]
Mathematics, Creativity, Open-ended tasks, Teaching
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Mathematics Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125847ISRN: LiU-LÄR-MA-A--2016/01--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-125847DiVA: diva2:909145
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Mathematics
Educational program
Teacher Education
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Available from: 2016-03-04 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2016-03-04Bibliographically approved

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