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Newsletter #12: November, 2016 

Newsletter of the International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness


Editorial Board

Roza Leikin, Israel  Editor in Chief
Linda Sheffield, USA Scientific Consultant
Alexander Karp, USA/Russia  Editor – Educational Innovations and History
Romualdas Kasuba, Lithuania Editor – Problem Corner
Demetra Pitta-Pantazi, Cyprus Editor – Research News in MCG
Peter Taylor, Australia Editor – Mathematical Competitions Corner
Emilia Velikova, Bulgaria Editor - Creative News in Mathematics

Introducing the newsletter

Roza Leikin and Linda Sheffield

MCG newsletter follows the establishment of the new professional community – International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness. The purpose of the newsletter is to encourage communication between mathematics educators, mathematicians, researchers, and others who are interested in nurturing and supporting the development of mathematical creativity and the realization of mathematical promise and mathematical giftedness, promoting the improvement of teaching and learning mathematics, and widening students’ abilities to apply mathematical knowledge in innovative and creative ways.
The editorial board welcomes contributions that include ideas and research findings related to the advancement of mathematical creativity for all students, from all backgrounds, and of all ages, and the promotion and realization of mathematical giftedness, talent and promise.
We hope that this newsletter will help in reaching the purposes stated by MCG including encouraging research concerning the discovery, nurture and support of mathematical creativity, giftedness, talent and promise for all students and stimulating national and international activities to further the aims of the Group.


The newsletter includes five sections:

Educational innovations and history

Section Editor: Alexander Karp []
This section of our Newsletter is intended to help all of us keep abreast of pedagogical and organizational innovations in the education of the mathematically gifted and in the development of creativity, as well as about the history of such education and development


Mathematical competitions corner

Section Editor: Peter Taylor []
In this section, we plan to publish ideas about mathematical competitions and their role in mathematics education. We wonder what role mathematical competitions play in the advancement of mathematical creativity and giftedness and how expertise and creativity are combined when solving Olympiad problems. We also plan to discuss different forms of mathematics competitions.


Problem corner

Section Editor: Romualdas Kasuba []
We welcome authors to publish their original problems as well as original solutions to known problems. We are interested in the discussion of problems that raise students' motivation in learning mathematics as well as such characteristics as beauty and elegancy of the solutions.


Creative news in mathematics

Section Editor: Emilia Velikova []
This section will include information about mathematical and technological innovations concerning Creativity in Mathematics Education. We are welcome papers about history of mathematical creativity, new discoveries in mathematics, methods for creating new problems and original solutions and the use of new technologies in mathematical inventions.


Research news in MCG

Section Editor: Demetra Pitta-Pantazi []
This section of Newsletter presents information on research in the field of mathematical creativity and giftedness including a digest of an on-going research, initial findings of unpublished research, or reviews of published research papers and books that focus on empirical and theoretical issues of mathematical creativity and giftedness. This section also can be used for announcements of proposals for research collaboration by those who search for research teammates.


How to contribute

All MCG members (and non-members) are welcome to contribute short articles to the MCG newsletter
The authors are invited to submit articles (from 500 to 3000 words) to a Section Editor and the chief editor of the newsletter – Roza Leikin [].
Each contribution will be reviewed by the head of the section, one of the board members and one additional expert in the field.