ERIC Number: ED348169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Finding Creativity for Children.
This paper examines the nature of creativity and the nourishing of children's creativity. One definition of creativity focuses on two of its aspects, of novelty and usefulness. Other definitions that stress one or the other of these aspects are discussed. According to M. Rhoades (1961), the four components of creativity are: (1) people--their traits and characteristics; (2) the thinking process they use; (3) the products or outcomes they produce; and (4) the nature of the environment in which creativity occurs. Teachers who wish to foster creativity in children must discover the individual child's interests and talents and establish an environment that promotes the expression of the child's interests and talents. Teachers should develop a sensitivity to observing traits that indicate creativity. These traits include flexibility, originality, openness, risk-taking, curiosity, imagination, independence, and tolerance of ambiguity. Environmental barriers to creative expression include lack of freedom, inappropriate reward systems, and insufficient resources and time. Environmental stimulants to creative expression include freedom, sufficient resources and time, enthusiastic management, a nonthreatening and collaborative atmosphere, recognition and reward, and challenge. An appendix lists 12 suggestions for establishing an environment conducive to creativity. A 12-item reference list is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the Leadership Accessing Symposium (Lafayette, IN, March 4-5, 1992).