A study of the relationship between tendency to teach mathematics inductively and creative thinking

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1978

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The study investigated the relationship between creative thinking and tendency to teach mathematics inductively. Data was analyzed to determine if there is any significant relationships between the different dimensions of creative thinking and the tendency to teach by the different strategies of an inductive model of teaching. These two were measured respectively by the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) and an original instrument named the test of Tendency to Teach Mathematics Inductively (TTMI). The strategies for the inductive model of teaching as proposed by Taba (1966) were used to develop the TTMI. The subjects used in the study consisted of forty-four elementary education preservice teachers enrolled in the course, Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School, of the College of Education, University of Houston. The data were collected in December, 1977. The TTCT measures four dimensions of creative thinking, namely, fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. The TTMI which was co-developed by the investigator, measures the tendency to teach mathematics inductively. The strategies for the inductive model of teaching as proposed by Taba (1966) are mathematical concept formations, mathematical generalizations, and computational algorithms teaching strategies. [...]

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