ERIC Number: ED338435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms. NEA Early Childhood Education Series.
Tegano, Deborah W.; And Others
Ways by which teachers can enhance creativity skills of children in the classroom are addressed in this monograph. An overview of creativity first sets the stage for discussions on the child, curriculum, teacher, and environment. The goal is to show the many faces of the development of creativity in children and to recognize ways to enhance the child's potential to meet challenges. Following the introduction, chapter 2 (The Child) covers early creativity, developmental creativity, and how to recognize creative potential. Chapter 3 (The Curriculum) discusses the relationship of creativity to curriculum, the role of exploration and play, ways to organize classroom activities for creativity, feeling trapped by textbooks and curricula, research on creativity and schools, and curricula to encourage creative thinking. In chapter 4 (The Teacher) focus is on attitudes and styles that foster creative potential, including learning objectives versus performance objectives, the teacher's role as observer, and teacher characteristics that facilitate creative development. Fifteen key points are summarized in chapter 5. Supplementary materials, including a Preschool Creativity Rating Scale, are appended. Contains approximately 175 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Creative Development, Creativity, Definitions, Discovery Processes, Early Childhood Education, Play, Problem Solving, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, Self Expression, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Young Children
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 0358-6-00, $14.95).
Publication Type: Guides - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.