Should mathematics be a creative subject? How is this realized in practice in Denmark?

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The ministerial objectives for mathematics education in the Danish Folkeskole (grades K-ten) state that students will learn that mathematics is both a tool for problem-solving and a creative subject. In this article, I explore how teachers in Denmark meet the challenge of teaching mathematics as a creative subject. How do they understand creativity and how do they realize it in practice? And what makes mathematics a creative subject? Is it the task, the way it is performed or the relationship between teacher and students? The crucial difference between different classrooms seems to be the ways in which teachers prepare and present mathematical themes. This seems to depend on how well they know their students and how they understand learning processes. In this article, I present three cases: The first one takes place in second grade, the second in ninth grade and the third in first grade. The discussion will focus on how to make mathematics a creative subject.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventMathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences - DPU/AU, København, Denmark
Duration: 27 Jun 201729 Jun 2017
Conference number: 26

Conference

ConferenceMathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences
Number26
LocationDPU/AU
CountryDenmark
CityKøbenhavn
Period27/06/201729/06/2017

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