# Teachers' attitudes to creative teaching of mathematics in the 5th grade of primary school

Andreja Vidervol (2017) Teachers' attitudes to creative teaching of mathematics in the 5th grade of primary school. MSc thesis.

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## Abstract

Creativity can be found everywhere we look. Nevertheless many people think, that mathematics the least creative is, or not at all, given the fact, that it is based on rules and facts. In reality, that is not the case. In this master's thesis we have listed and described some examples, which prove, that teaching mathematics can be very creative and entertaining. Teaching itself is a creative process. It allows the teacher to develop different approaches towards different students. In this regard, the role of the teacher is essential, as he is the initiator of creative teaching. In this master's thesis we have defined crativity more precisely. It is a very broad concept and therefore impossible to define with one simple definition. We have described the criteria and conditions needed for creativity, the positive effects of creative teaching, and stated some of the problems that make creative teaching difficult. The empirical part shows an analasys of 8 interwievs with teachers who teach the fifth grade of elementary school. The purpose of the research was to find out how teachers include creative approaches in mathematics lessons in the 5th grade of the elementary school, and what is the position of those teachers towards the creative teaching of mathematics. The results have shown, that the majority of the teachers use the internet preparations to teach mathematics, that are offered by publishing houses. They contain creative tasks, that are belived not to be very effective, as the tasks are not ideas of individual teachers and their individual approach. Teachers include creativity in their classes, but they don't write them into their preparations. It often occurs spontaneously, when pupils' curiosity and their inner motivation are the main initiators for solving new mathematical problems. We also found out, that teachers' years of sevice don't affect the use of creative approaches, since the self-confidence and competence are essential for teaching, together with positive experiences with mathematics from childhood, additional education and training or simply personal preference for mathematics. Teachers interpret the concept of creative teaching very widely as it relates to all areas of human activity. Creative approaches are incorporated in a variety of ways, using primarily those that are best suited for them and have been tested in the past. They employ various forms and methods of work, solve textual tasks, solve problems from everyday life, use different didactic material and didactic games. Creativity is mostly used when refreshing the subject matter. The thesis also includes preparations, that have been complemented with our creative ideas. Mathematics isn't exactly the most popular subject, even amongst teachers, so we have linked their all their strong domains with the mathematical theme in order to encourage them to create creative teaching.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
Keywords: creativity, teaching, classroom, learning types, divergent thinking, mathematics
Number of Pages: 121
Language of Content: Slovenian
Mentor / Comentors:
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doc. dr. Vida Manfreda KolarMentor
Institution: University of Ljubljana
Department: Faculty of Education
Item ID: 4741
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 09:40