ERIC Number: ED161531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Nurturing Creative Talent in Early Childhood.
Karnes, Merle B.; Strong, Paula Sabatino
This teaching guide suggests practical ideas for encouraging creative talent in preschool children. It is part of a series of similar guides developed by the RAPYHT Project (Retrieval and Acceleration of Promising Young Handicapped and Talented) for educating young gifted/talented handicapped children and gifted children with no handicaps. The guide focuses on both subjective and objective forms (process and product) of creativity, and offers suggestions and activities for developing a classroom atmosphere which encourages such creativity. A list of characteristics which indicate that a child is learning in a creative way, or expressing exceptional creativity, is followed by suggestions on how a teacher can foster a creative atmosphere in the classroom. A description of classroom equipment for creative learning is included. The final section presents specific goal areas and classroom activities to increase creative learning and production. The following goal areas are established: (1) increasing productive uses of fantasy and creations; (2) increasing story telling skills; (3) increasing expressive elaboration; (4) increasing production of original or unusual ideas; (5) increasing fluent production of ideas; and (6) increasing flexibility in thinking. An annotated list of resources is provided. (CM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Creative Development, Creative Expression, Creativity, Educational Diagnosis, Gifted, Handicapped Children, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Preschool Education, Talent Development, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Publications Office, Institute for Child Behavior and Development, University of Illinois, 805 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (Catalog No. 1403.008, $2.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Inst. for Child Behavior and Development.