(5213500317) Bryan Michael G. BadanaNovember 29, 2009Even in the field of mathematics, creative thinking is as important as analyticalthinking. Creative thinking is a high level cognitive skill that aims to develop the students(Erdogan et al., 2009). In the education of maths, creative thinking is essential to astudent’s problem solving ability, when it is measured on how they are able to find newer solutions to old mathematical problems. But the biggest challenge does go back to theteacher, as these high-thinking skills needs to be well guided by critical and creativethinking educators. When mathematical models aims to provide an understanding on theflow on finding a solution to problem, the student must be able to think independently andthink creatively on how they can find a solution by hitting the problem in different angles,doing trial and errors, and be decisive action.It is quite evident that creative thinking and critical thinking does go side by side.One author even whimsically said: “When reasoning fails, Imagination saves you...” (Baker et al., 2001). When a teacher understands the full capacity of critical and creative thinking,and acknowledges its symbiosis, will be the time when the teacher will also see thiscapacity with his students. The teacher then strives to enhance and make full use of thesethinking skills to their students. However, teaching these skills need more preparationtime, is difficult to implement, and often times restricts the intended content to be taught.There are still many obstacles that stand against in the development of these thinkingskills. It is remains to be a challenge for both teacher and student to overcome thesechallenges, and will take further examination of the curriculum, training of teachers, andknowing the needs of the students, to be able and fully achieve creative thinking andcritical thinking in the classrooms.
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