ERIC Number: ED064279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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When Children Think: Using Journals to Encourage Creative Thinking.
Jacobs, Gabriel H. L.
A description of some techniques for developing children's creative thinking is presented. The principal technique used was to have children keep a journal of new ideas for five days a week. Thoughts to be written down included thinking about physical phenomena, children's thoughts about interpersonal relationships and themselves, children's observations on how their thinking works and how their ideas come. Techniques and problems of running a journal program are discussed. It takes time to read the children's entries, comment on them, make corrections, and check to see if the corrections are made. It is apparent from some of the children's entries that they are aware of the problem of producing journal entries regularly. It is pointed out that only a teacher who enjoys reading children's entries should use the journal form of teaching, as the children will sense the teacher's attitude. Finally, a number of random thoughts and quotations form the children's journals is given. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Processes, Creative Thinking, Elementary School Students, Interpersonal Competence, Periodicals, Problem Solving, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10027 ($2.95)
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