The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #14/2009

Interdisciplinarity, Creativity and Learning: Mathematics with Literature, Paradoxes, History, Technology & Modeling

Bharath Sriraman
The University of Montana

Viktor Freiman & Nicole Lirette-Pitre

University of Moncton

Abstract

Interdisciplinarity is increasingly viewed as a necessary ingredient in the training of future oriented 21st century disciplines that rely on both analytic and synthetic abilities across disciplines. Nearly every curricular document or vision statement of schools and universities include a call for promoting creativity in students. Yet the construct of creativity and giftedness across disciplines remains elusive in the sense that the prototypical examples of such work come from eminent scientists, artists and mathematicians, and little if any work has been conducted with non-eminent individuals. This monograph is an attempt to fill this gap by putting forth the view that interdisciplinarity and creativity are related constructs, and that the cultivation of domain general creativity is possible. Mathematics has historically been anchored to numerous disciplines like theology, natural philosophy, culture and art, allowing for a flexibility of thought that is difficult to cultivate in other disciplines. In this monograph, the numerous chapters from Australia, U.S.A., Canada, Cyprus, Denmark and Japan provide a compelling illustration of the intricate connection of mathematics with literature,paradoxes, history, technology and modeling, thus serving as a conduit for interdisciplinarity, creativity and learning to occur.

Keywords: Mathematics, Psychology, Paradoxes, Literature, Modeling, Teaching & Learning

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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Preprint of table of contents of book to be published by Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC.