Globalization and the multitude of
technological changes that have affected societies in recent years have
introduced complex and diverse problems into the daily lives of individuals.
Indeed, great effort is expended to create rich and abundant lives, especially
in the age of the knowledge economy. In this context, “creativity” has come to
be seen as the most precious human asset. Many scholars have suggested that
foundational knowledge in certain academic fields is necessary for creative
thinking. Thus, this study will focus on creativity in the field of
mathematics. Additionally, many studies have found that playfulness enhances
creativity and exploration. This study sought to explore the role of playfulness
learning mathematics to gain in-depth understandings of the relationship
between playfulness and creativity as well as the effect of playfulness on
creativity. This study used questionnaires to collect data relating to the playfulness
and creativity of junior high school students who were gifted in mathematics
and science. Data were analyzed using SPSS17.0 to explore the relationships
among dimensions. This study used a random-sampling approach to select a sample
of junior high school students who were gifted in mathematics and science. A
total of 360 questionnaires were distributed, and our valid return rate was
94%. This study confirmed that playfulness enhances individual creative
performance and that personal playfulness can predict and has a positive
influence on creativity.
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