, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 239–252 | Cite as

Virtual encounters: the murky and furtive world of mathematical inventiveness

  • Nathalie SinclairEmail author
  • Elizabeth de Freitas
  • Francesca Ferrara
Original Article


Based on Châtelet’s insights into the nature of mathematical inventiveness, drawn from historical analyses, we propose a new way of framing creativity in the mathematics classroom. The approach we develop emphasizes the social and material nature of creative acts. Our analysis of creative acts in two case studies involving primary school classrooms also reveals the characteristic ways in which digital technologies can occasion such acts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathalie Sinclair
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elizabeth de Freitas
    • 2
  • Francesca Ferrara
    • 3
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Adelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  3. 3.Università di TorinoTurinItaly

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