ERIC Number: ED263086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Partners in Curricular Reform: Computers and Creativity.
Warren, Thomas F.
In Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois a group of schools has united together to form the Beloit Educational Computing Consortium (BECC). A recent survey of selected teachers in BECC schools indicated that even though the schools do not consciously set out to teach creativity via computers, substantial creative behavior is demonstrated by the children who use the computers. According to the teachers, creativity has manifested itself the most clearly when pupils program and when they write using the word processing capabilities of the computer. By applying these tools, pupils develop their own ideas after trying different options. The surveyed teachers also noted the ways in which potential creativity can be blocked. In particular they noted that the least stimulating examples of software contain lengthy directions, few choices, and minimal interaction and reinforcement. In this paper, an analysis of the human thinking processes which lead to creativity forms the foundation for a discussion on the salient factors that should be incorporated into a computer curriculum designed to enhance and develop creative thinking in students using the computer as a tool. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (32nd, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 22-26, 1985).