A theoretical model for the development of mathematical talent through mathematical creativity

Zeidy M. Barraza-García, Avenilde Romo-Vázquez, Solange Roa-Fuentes

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Abstract

© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This study was conducted from a perspective that adopts a broad vision of mathematical talent, defined as the potential that a subject manifests when confronting certain types of tasks, in a successful way, that generate creative mathematical activity. To analyse this, our study proposes a Praxeological Model of Mathematical Talent based on the Anthropological Theory of Didactics and the notion of mathematical creativity, which defines four technological functions: (1) producing new techniques; (2) optimizing those techniques (3); considering tasks from diverse angles; and (4) adapting techniques. Using this model, this study analyses the creative mathematical activity of students aged 10–12 years displayed as they sought to solve a series of infinite succession tasks proposed to encourage the construction of generalization processes. The setting is a Mathematics Club (a talent-promoting institution). The evaluation of results shows that the Praxeological Model of Mathematical Talent allows the emergence and analysis of mathematical creativity and, therefore, encourages the development of mathematical talent.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalEducation Sciences
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StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020

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