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ERIC Number: ED208353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 17
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Creativity and the Reading Specialist: Some Observations from Research Data.
Thompson, Mark E.
Most educators have not studied the research evidence regarding creativity and know little about the personality characteristics of creative people. Research has shown, for example, that creative people are aesthetically sensitive, imaginative, and flexible. They are also self-reliant individualistic, independent, and perceptive, and have a profound commitment to the meaning of their work. One study of creativity emphasizes the characteristics of divergent thinking, or the ability to produce a succession of ideas to meet a particular need. Another study cites observable signs of creative behavior in the classroom, including challenging the ideas of authorities, manifesting curiosity, and finding relationships among apparently unrelated ideas. Still other studies characterize the creative person as being more concerned with meanings and implications than with facts and small details. Reading teachers might consider their own behavior and the behavior of their students from the creative perspective, as creative students frequently reject techniques of reading instruction as incompatible with their unique creative needs. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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