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ERIC Number: EJ1279761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Promoting Creativity in General Education Mathematics Courses
Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin; Monahan, Ceire; Krupa, Erin
PRIMUS, v31 n1 p37-55 2021
This paper describes the development and implementation of course modules intended to encourage creative thinking in an undergraduate general education mathematics course. The modules were designed to address the characteristics of creativity outlined in the literature through explorations of mathematics relevant to non-mathematics majors. A general description of the modules, as well as specifics about two lessons is provided. Student work, including journal entries, surveys, and class assignments, provide evidence that this intentional focus on creativity in mathematics challenged students' conceptions about mathematics, allowed them to reconsider the mathematics familiar to them in new ways, and engaged them in meaningful collaborations. Interviews of instructors revealed that they, too, engaged in creative processes as they planned the course and thought about innovative ways to engage students with mathematics. The course modules have been shared with other faculty teaching the course and will eventually be adapted for use in other mathematics courses, including those for STEM majors. Implications and future avenues for implementation and research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1611876