Mathematical talent in Braille code pattern finding and invention
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BrailleCreativityGiftednessMathematical talentPattern finding
Ramírez, R., del Río, A. y Flores, P. (2018) Mathematical talent in Braille code pattern finding and invention Roeper Review, 40(4), 255-267 [DOI: 10.1080/02783193.2018.1501782]
SponsorshipThis research is part of the R+D+I project EDU2015- 69,731-R (Spanish Government/MinEco and ERDF).
The recognition of patterns and creativity are two characteristics associated with mathematical talent. In this study, we analyzed these characteristics in a group of 37 mathematically talented students. The students were asked to find the pattern the Braille code had been built upon and reinvent it with the aim of making its mathematical language become more functional. Initially, the students were unable to identify the formation pattern of Braille, but after experiencing the difficulties that blind people face when reading it, they recognized the generating element and the regularity. The results were in contrast with those of a control group, and it is noted that the students with mathematical talent were more effective in using visualization to identify the regularity of the pattern and their invention proposals were more sophisticated and used less conventional mathematical content.