Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

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Creativity in Mathematics Education

  • Per Haavold
  • Bharath SriramanEmail author
  • Kyeong-Hwa Lee
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77487-9_33-7


Even though mathematics education, unlike general psychology, has not yet fully embraced creativity as a systematic research domain (Sriraman and Leikin 2017), there have been several papers, books, and special issues of journals devoted to mathematical creativity published in recent years. In this entry, we will attempt to present an up-to-date status on and understanding of creativity in mathematics. We will also try to clear up some of the confusion regarding related concepts such as creativity, giftedness and ability, and the relationship between them. First, the concepts of giftedness, ability, and creativity will be discussed and differentiated. Second, common themes from the relevant literature will be synthesized that capture the main ideas in the studies. Lastly, the synthesis will be situated into the more generally framed research in psychology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TromsoTromsoNorway
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesThe University of MontanaMissoulaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Mathematics Education, College of EducationSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bharath Sriraman
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesThe University of MontanaMissoulaUSA