ERIC Number: ED260981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
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Developing Creative Thinking through an Integrated Arts Programme for Talented Children.
Eriksson, Gillian I.
Described is a K-12 integrative arts program of the Schmerenbeck Educational Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, designed to help gifted and talented children develop an understanding of the nature of creative thinking as expressed through different art forms. The report discusses how the program defines talent; how gifted students are identified for program participation; the role that creative thinking plays in child development; the integrative model of education used; educational strategies used to develop creative thinking from the four perspectives of perception, affect, cognition, and behavior; course content; and program evaluation. The program offers skill based courses in visual perception, exploration of sound and movement, communication, and learning and thinking skills. Also offered are a series of optional workshops in different art disciplines, including drama, dance, music, and film. In some experimental sessions professional artists and teachers worked with the students. Concepts and ideas initiated by students are explored through sensory stimulation, creative problem solving, and reflection. Both teachers and students rated the program very highly. (RM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Artists, Child Development, Comparative Education, Course Content, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Instructional Design, Integrated Curriculum, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Talent, Talent Identification, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa