Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Creativity: Cultural Capital in Mathematics

  • Rae Ann Hirsh
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_356


 Inventiveness;  Originality;  Problem solving;  Resourcefulness;  Social capital

In the realm of education, creativity is not usually associated with mathematics. The average mathematics classroom is dominated with step-by-step directions, algorithms, and logical formulas for problem solving. In the past, this may have been sufficient for problem solving due to the tools available to students. However, access to cultural goods, tools, resources, and technologies has changed dramatically in the past few decades and has radically changed the tools available to students. With this change, creativity has emerged as the new cultural capital of the mathematics classroom. Creativity is needed to address current and future problem-solving challenges of the twenty-first century and beyond.

Key Concepts


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Early ChildhoodCarlow UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaUSA