Recreational mathematics in the development of creative thinking of Peruvian students of primary school

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Fermín Pozo Ortega, Joel Cipriano Tarazona Bardales, Fermín Vásquez Cipriano

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In traditional schools, the creativity tasks were related to art and literature. People rarely think mathematics
provides a fundamental space for them. This research’s objective is to determine the possible influence of the implementation
of recreational mathematics on the development of creative thinking in university students. Through a quasi-experimental
research, some modules of recreational mathematics were applied to a population of 125 students in the control group and
experimental group. A random sampling was carried out, which allowed the constitution of a sample of 100 students that were
proportionally divided into an experimental group and a control group. These were assessed through a creativity test. The
results show that 66 % of the students increased their level of creativity in contrast to the low results of the control group. The
use of recreational mathematics turned out to be an important tool to improve the creative thinking of the students.

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