# Creativity in Mathematics Education

**DOI:**https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77487-9_33-7

## Definition

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.

## Creativity

One of the main challenges in investigating mathematical creativity is the lack of a clear and accepted...

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