המפגש יתקיים ב- 21.11.13, בשעה 12:00, בחדר 363 בבניין הפקולטה לחינוך.
The study searches for deep insights into the nature of mathematical giftedness and attempts to propose a solid definition of mathematical giftedness.
It introduces and explores distinctions between general giftedness and excellence in mathematics, which are widely accepted as being identical constructs.
The study is of a multidimensional nature, as it attempts to understand special qualities of mathematically gifted individuals in three dimensions:
Cognition, Neuro-cognition, and Mathematical creativity.
During the lecture we will present study findings that lead to the following hypotheses:
1. General giftedness and excellence in mathematics are interrelated but different in nature phenomena.
2. While general giftedness is not a necessary condition for excellence in mathematics, excellence in mathematics is not necessarily an indicator of general giftedness and moreover of mathematical giftedness.
3. Combination of general giftedness and excellence in mathematics leads to the manifestation of cognitive, neuro-cognitive and creative traits at an upper edge of a continuum (discovered on a number of tasks).
4. Combination of general giftedness and excellence in mathematics can be characterized by qualitatively different phenomena in students.
The strength and the uniqueness of the study is in its multidimensional nature. The three dimensions of the study are complimentary. Integration of these dimensions in one research allows making a step towards deeper understanding of the phenomena of mathematical giftedness.
The study was performed in the RANGE Center (Interdisciplinary Center for Research and Advancement of Giftedness and Excellence), by an interdisciplinary research team from the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa:
Prof. Roza Leikin from the Dept. of Mathematics Education supervised the topics of mathematics education, giftedness, and creativity.
Prof. Mark Leikin from the Dept. of Learning Disabilities and Dept. of Special Education led research aspects related to neuroscience and cognition.
Dr. Shelley Shaul from the Dept. of Learning Disabilities and the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities served as
a consultant on ERP research methodology.
PhD candidates at the Faculty of Education carried out research in different dimensions of the study: Ms. Ilana Waisman focused on brain activity, Ms. Nurit Paz on cognitive traits, and Ms. Miri Lev on mathematical creativity.