Creativity of an Aha! Moment and Mathematics Education introduces bisociation, the theory of Aha! moment creativity into mathematics education. It establishes relationships between Koestler’s bisociation theory and constructivist learning theories. It lays down the basis for a new theory integrating creativity with learning to describe moments of insight at different levels of student development. The collection illuminates the creativity of the eureka experience in mathematics through different lenses of affect, cognition and conation, theory of attention and constructivist theories of learning, neuroscience and computer creativity. Since Aha! is a common human experience, the book proposes bisociation as the basis of creativity for all. It discusses how to facilitate and assess Aha! creativity in mathematics classrooms.
Contributors are: William Baker, Stephen Campbell, Bronislaw Czarnocha, Olen Dias, Gerald Goldin, Peter Liljedahl, John Mason, Benjamin Rott, Edme Soho, Hector Soto, Hannes Stoppel, David Tall, Ron Tzur and Laurel Wolf.
Bronislaw Czarnocha, Ph.D. (1976), Yeshiva University, a quantum physicist and a teacher-researcher, is Professor of Mathematics at Hostos CC, CUNY. He published 50 papers in Mathematics Education and edited four books, including Creative Enterprise of Mathematics Teaching Research (Sense, 2016). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Mathematics Teaching-Research Journal.
William Baker, Ph.D. (1993), teaches mathematics at Hostos Community College CUNY, and as a member of a teaching research team he collaborates with colleagues to research effective instructional methods to motivate students to access their own creativity, and to publish the results.
Everyone interested in scientific creativity, teachers of mathematics and science, researchers of human creativity, libraries and institutes of creativity, computer creativity specialists.