The Interplay Between Excellence in School Mathematics and General Giftedness: Focusing on Mathematical Creativity

  • Miriam Lev
  • Roza LeikinEmail author
Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)


Observation that the interrelations between mathematical creativity, mathematical expertise and general giftedness are vague is what motivated a large-scale study that explores the relationship between mathematical creativity and mathematical ability. The study employs Multiple Solution Tasks (MSTs) as a tool for the evaluation of mathematical creativity in high-school students. We discuss the links between mathematical creativity, excellence in school mathematics and general giftedness as reflected in an empirical study of senior high-school students in Israel, which implemented the MST tool. The study demonstrated that between-group differences are task-dependent and are a function of mathematical insight integrated in the mathematical task.


Mathematical creativity Multiple Solution Tasks (MST) General giftedness Excellence in mathematics 



This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation. We extend our thanks to the Foundation and to the Israeli Ministry of Education and the University of Haifa for their generous financial support to this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Faculty of Education, RANGE CenterUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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