The Role of Imaginative Thinking in Scientific Thinking



The article discusses the role of creative thinking in scientific thinking and in particular in the teaching of mathematics in higher educational institutions. From this point of view, the relationship between abstract analytical and visual geometric methods in mathematics is highlighted, and it is concluded that the latter form the basis for the application of creative thinking in mathematics.

General Information

Keywords: learning, mathematics, logic, image, imagination, abstract thinking, visual thinking

Journal rubric: Method of Teaching

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Kulanin Y.D., Stepanov M.E., Nurkaeva I.M. The Role of Imaginative Thinking in Scientific Thinking. Modelirovanie i analiz dannikh = Modelling and Data Analysis, 2020. Vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 110–128. DOI: 10.17759/mda.2020100209. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Yevgeny D. Kulanin, PhD in Physics and Matematics, Professor, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Mikhail E. Stepanov, PhD in Education, Associate Professor, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina M. Nurkaeva, PhD in Education, Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Informatics and Multimedia Technologies, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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