ERIC Number: ED406435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Creating and Fostering a Learning Environment That Promotes Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills.
Hamza, Khalid; Nash, William R.
How teachers create and foster a learning environment that promotes creative thinking and problem solving skills in students was investigated in a 1-year study in a community college in Texas. The study explored the teaching methods and classroom climates created by eight exemplary teachers who demonstrated exceptional approaches to promote creative thinking and problem-solving skills. These teachers were selected by a process that began with 113 semistructured and many informal interviews with students. Factors frequently identified in student interviews were climate, teacher personality, teacher attitude, classroom management, teacher knowledge, teacher-student interactions, and student attitudes. Results did not indicate any ultimate method to use in teaching nor any ultimate process that fosters classroom learning climate toward the promotion of creative thinking. Observation of these teachers leads to the conclusion that teachers should construct teaching methods with the following elements: (1) classroom climate; (2) teacher character traits; (3) classroom management; (4) teacher's passion and attitude toward students, subject, and teaching; (5) teaching style; (6) teacher's knowledge; (7) teacher-student interaction; and (8) students' attitudes. Two appendixes illustrate interaction and a teaching model. (Contains 2 appendix figures and 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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