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The role of technology in fostering creativity in the teaching and learning of mathematics

Balarabe Yushau, Andile Mji, Dirk C. J. Wessels
Pythagoras | Issue 62 | a110 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/pythagoras.v0i62.110 | © 2005 Balarabe Yushau, Andile Mji, Dirk C. J. Wessels | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2005 | Published: 20 October 2005

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Balarabe Yushau, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Andile Mji, University of South Africa, South Africa
Dirk C. J. Wessels,, South Africa

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Abstract

The paper looks at interrelationships between creativity and technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics. It suggests that a proper use of various technologies especially computers in the teaching and learning of mathematics has the potential of helping learners to develop their creativity. The technologies can provide an atmosphere under which mathematical skills can be extended beyond the ability to calculate or reproduce problems and enable learners to investigate, analyse and interpret problems at hand. Furthermore, with computers learners can use an experimental approach to deal with mathematical problems, which can lead to conjecture, pattern finding, examples and counter examples. In fact, if used effectively, computational aids can help in improving learners’ intellectual ability and hence mathematical achievement while fostering the requisite creativity not found in the traditional approach.

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