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This book breaks through in the field of mathematical creativity and giftedness. It suggests directions for closing the gap between research in the field of mathematics education and research in the field of creativity and giftedness. It also outlines a research agenda for further research and development in the field.
The book consists of a balanced set of chapters by mathematicians, mathematics educators, educational psychologists and educational researchers. The authors of different chapters accept dynamic conception of creativity and giftedness.
The book provides analysis of cognitive, affective and social factors associated with the development of creativity in all students and with the realisation of mathematical talent in gifted students. It contains theoretical essays, research reports, historical overviews, recommendations for curricular design, and insights about promotion of mathematical creativity and giftedness at different levels.
The readers will find many examples of challenging mathematical problems intended at developing or examining mathematical creativity and giftedness as well as ideas for direct implementation in school and tertiary mathematics courses. They will also find theoretical models that can be used in researching students’ creativity and giftedness. Research reports enlighten relationships between excellence in mathematics and creativity and examine different aspects of inquiry-based environment as a powerful way for developing mathematical creativity in school students. The readers can also learn about characteristics of creativity of research mathematicians.
Reflective Thinking Through Collaborative Inquiry
This book is intended for anyone interested in knowing more about arts education. It makes a daring contribution to the subject in a clear, pragmatic, committed and ambitious way. The book discusses thoroughly the theory and practice of arts education and what it means to be a teacher of art. It is a powerful and inspiring account of the challenges of teaching in the arts that will appeal to anyone in the teaching profession. With clarity and engagement, The Richness of Arts Education ddresses what it means to be a teacher in the arts. Familiarity and knowledge of teaching is checked by the constant relevant examples that the book critically explores. The book rethinks some of the real ground of teaching in the arts and encourages a deeper understanding of them. Primary and secondary teachers, college and university teachers and policy makers will find this book formidable. It is a book for today and tomorrow.
Howard Canatella’s The Richness of Arts Education provides a deep philosophical engagement with the arts and art education. And if that were not enough, it also provides a sustained discussion of the ways in which art education enriches our philosophical understanding of the arts specifically, education certainly, but also some key issues within philosophy itself. In other words, Canatella adequately demonstrates the riches that art education entails. While the key figures he engages with do not encompass the entire range of possible philosophical perspectives that could be brought to bear on the field of art education—an impossible task in any case—he engages each figure deeply. The scholarly literature in each section is thoroughly explored to highlight the thesis that holds the entire project together—the deeply textured quality of art education and the many benefits that we can derive thereof. This should be a valuable book to art teachers no doubt, but to educators and philosophers too.