Bringing Mathematical Creativity to the Forefront

Start: 04/22/2015 - 4:15pm
End  : 04/22/2015 - 5:15pm


Gail Tang, University of La Verne


Creativity is an important aspect of a mathematicians’ work (Sriraman, 2009), whether it is an enlightenment that is somewhat unexpected (Poincar, 1946) or a product that is aesthetically pleasing (Borwein, Liljedahl, & Zhai, 2014). There is a significant amount of mathematical creativity literature at the K-12 level (e.g., Silver, 1997; Lev-Zamir & Leikin, 2013). However, there is less at the undergraduate level, where students are at the early stages of becoming mathematicians. Our research group begins to address this deficit by examining how mathematicians perceive creativity in their work and in their teaching. In this talk, I will share participating mathematicians’ views and how those views contributed to the development of the Creativity-in-Progress Rubric (CPR) on proving. In addition, I will discuss implementation of the rubric on student data. Finally, conjectures on how instructors can foster the discussion of creativity in the classroom will be presented. This work is done in collaboration with M. Savic, G. Karakok, H. El Turkey, and E. Naccarato.

Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning (SCTL), at Harvey Mudd, Basement, B460

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