Unpacking The Relation Between Spatial Abilities and Creativity in Geometry

Panagiotis Gridos & Evgenios Avgerinos & Eleni Deliyianni & Iliada Elia & Athanasios Gagatsis & Zoi Geitona

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Abstract: This study aims to examine the relation between spatial ability and creativity in Geometry. Data was collected from 94 ninth graders. Three spatial abilities were investigated: spatial visualization, spatial relations and closure flexibility. As for students’ creativity, it was examined through a multiple solution problem in Geometry focusing on three components of creativity: fluency, flexibility, and originality. The results revealed that spatial visualization predicted flexibility and originality while closure flexibility predicted all creativity components. Additionally, it was deduced that auxiliary constructions played an essential role in the problem-solution process. Finally, further study opportunities for the teaching and learning of Geometry are discussed.

Keywords: Creativity; Geometry; Geometrical Figure Apprehension; Multiple-solution Tasks; Spatial Abilities

Please Cite: Gridos, P., Avgerinos, E., Deliyianni, E., Elia, I., Gagatsis, A., Geitona, Z. (2021). Unpacking The Relation Between Spatial Abilities and Creativity in Geometry. The European Educational Researcher, 4(3), 307-328. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31757/euer.433


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