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Sendova E. & Boytchev P. (2019) Keeping the Children as Question Marks: Educational Attempts to Tap Curiosity and the Drive for Challenge. Constructivist Foundations 14(3): 331–334. Fulltext at
Open peer commentary on the article “Problem Posing and Creativity in Elementary-School Mathematics” by E. Paul Goldenberg. Abstract: Supporting the inborn curiosity of children is the motivation for our involvement in developing novel curricula, textbooks and microworlds. Our main goal of implementing the constructionism as a fundamental educational strategy is to keep the students “as question marks,” i.e., to encourage them to pose questions, to make experiments, to invent their own problems. We strongly support the ideas behind Goldenberg’s experience in learning environments, generating curiosity and creative engagement (§15. As an extension of the ideas in §54 we propose a metaphor to visualize how programming can be “repurposed” to wrap the math in an attractive, yet educationally effective way.


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