Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(10), pp. 4555 - 4567
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.081024
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Mathematical Creativity of Pre-service Teachers in Solving Non-routine Problems in State University in Laguna


Rose R. Andrade , Allen E. Pasia *
College of Teacher Education-Faculty, Laguna State Polytechnic University-San Pablo City Campus, Philippines

ABSTRACT

Developing a creative individual is one of the goals of the mathematical education system. Mathematical creativity is viewed as a product and a process. Likewise, this varies among individuals. The current study focuses on creativity in mathematics, particularly in problem-solving of the pre-service mathematics teachers in a state university in Laguna. The researchers attempted to describe the level of mathematical creativity of these pre-service teachers based on its different domains: fluency, flexibility, and originality. To measure the level of mathematical creativity of the pre-service teachers, they solved a set of non-routine problem-solving tasks presented to them. It revealed that this group of pre-service mathematics teachers have a moderate level of fluency and flexibility but a low level of originality. This finding means that they followed step-by-step solutions to derive the correct answer to the problem. However, they tend to stick to the same and usual strategies to solve the problems. This further showed that the overall level of mathematical creativity of the respondents is moderate. Findings reveal that age has no significant relationship with the level of mathematical creativity. At the same time, academic achievement significantly relates to fluency and originality as mathematical creativity measures. It is found that males and females do not significantly differ in their level of mathematical creativity. Thus, it is firmly believed that mastery of various mathematical concepts and applications of different problem-solving strategies has yet to be developed among pre-service teachers in order to attain higher levels of mathematical creativity.

KEYWORDS
Non-routine Problems, Mathematical Creativity, Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, Pre-service Teachers

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Rose R. Andrade , Allen E. Pasia , "Mathematical Creativity of Pre-service Teachers in Solving Non-routine Problems in State University in Laguna," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 8, No. 10, pp. 4555 - 4567, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.081024.

(b). APA Format:
Rose R. Andrade , Allen E. Pasia (2020). Mathematical Creativity of Pre-service Teachers in Solving Non-routine Problems in State University in Laguna. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 8(10), 4555 - 4567. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.081024.