ERIC Number: ED172492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Hemispheric Specialization Construct: Developmental and Instructional Considerations for Creative Behavior.
McCallum, R. Steve; Glynn, Shawn M.
Research relating to the relationship between hemispheric specialization and creativity is explored with particular emphasis on implications for elementary education. Physiological and psychological evidence is examined for the construct that hemispheric specialization means that the two hemispheres of the human brain are specialized for different modes or styles of information processing. Information is provided about a new creativity test which incorporates into its rationale the notion of hemispheric specialization. Finally, recommendations are made about how to achieve desirable cognitive and affective instructional outcomes. It is suggested that teachers should strive to develop in their students both left-hemisphere and right-hemisphere information processing skills; that elementary education programs provide opportunities for guided discovery and nonverbal (visual-motor and tactile) expression; and that teachers should encourage students to generate new and efficient strategies for information gathering, concept formation, and problem solving. (SBH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (San Diego, California, April, 1979)