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Fostering Mathematical Creativity by Mathematical Modeling  

Park, JinHyeong (Myongji University)
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Journal of Educational Research in Mathematics / v.27, no.1, 2017 , pp. 69-88 More about this Journal
One of the most important activities in the process of mathematical modeling is to build models by conjecturing mathematical rules and principles in the real phenomena and to validate the models by considering its validity. Due to uncertainty and ambiguity inherent real-contexts, various strategies and solutions for mathematical modeling can be available. This characteristic of mathematical modeling can offer a proper environment in which creativity could intervene in the process and the product of modeling. In this study, first we analyze the process and the product of mathematical modeling, especially focusing on the students' models and validating way, to find evidences about whether modeling can facilitate students'creative thinking. The findings showed that the students' creative thinking related to fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality emerged through mathematical modeling.
mathematical modeling; mathematical creativity;
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