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ERIC Number: EJ951170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
The Role of Multiple Solution Tasks in Developing Knowledge and Creativity in Geometry
Levav-Waynberg, Anat; Leikin, Roza
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v31 n1 p73-90 Mar 2012
This paper describes changes in students' geometrical knowledge and their creativity associated with implementation of Multiple Solution Tasks (MSTs) in school geometry courses. Three hundred and three students from 14 geometry classes participated in the study, of whom 229 students from 11 classes learned in an experimental environment that employed MSTs while the rest learned without any special intervention in the course of one school year. This longitudinal study compares the development of knowledge and creativity between the experimental and control groups as reflected in students' written tests. Geometry knowledge was measured by the correctness and connectedness of the solutions presented. The criteria for creativity were: fluency, flexibility, and originality. The findings show that students' connectedness as well as their fluency and flexibility benefited from implementation of MSTs. The study supports the idea that originality is a more internal characteristic than fluency and flexibility, and therefore more related with creativity and less dynamic. Nevertheless, the MSTs approach provides greater opportunity for potentially creative students to present their creative products than conventional learning environment. Cluster analysis of the experimental group identified three clusters that correspond to three levels of student performance, according to the five measured criteria in pre- and post-tests, and showed that, with the exception of originality, performance in all three clusters generally improved on the various criteria. (Contains 9 tables and 4 figures.)
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Language: English
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