ERIC Number: ED228118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Developing Student Creativity in Geography Classes: Four "How to Do It" Papers for Classroom Teachers.
Wragg, Paul H.; Allen, Rodney F.
Four lessons for secondary school geography instruction focus on creative thinking through generating alternatives, imagining consequences, generating analogies, and creating products. In lesson 1 students lay out alternatives to solving a problem and decide the best course of action. Suggested activities include consideration of alternatives in providing free public schooling to aliens in Texas, insulating a solar water heater, and providing mass transit in an urban area. Suggestions for brainstorming techniques in ecology, geography, energy, and economic/geography units are also provided. Lesson 2 focuses on imagining consequences of personal and societal actions. Students generate consequences to such issues as raising the highway speed limit, giving Puerto Rico independence, and abolishing restrictions to immigration. Group activities involve scenarios requiring allocation of limited resources. In lesson 3, students create analogies to aid in unlocking long-term memory and projecting implications of various courses of action. Several worksheets involve students in creating simple and complex analogies. Lesson 4 focuses on producing creative products, using the criteria of the student's practical knowledge, originality, competence, moral or aesthetic sensitivity, and excellence. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (San Diego, CA, October 1982).