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ERIC Number: ED442548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May-19
Pages: 56
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Promoting Creativity in Young Children.
Honig, Alice Sterling
This paper discusses creativity in young children and what teachers can do to support and promote it. Topics addressed in the paper include: (1) teacher interest in promoting creativity; (2) defining creativity; (3) creativity in the socioemotional domain; (4) the relationship between creativity and empathy for others; (4) bibliotherapy; (5) learning the secrets of promoting divergent thinking; (6) encouraging child cooperation to create a climate for creativity; (7) sharpening children's verbal tools; (8) humor to promote divergent thinking; (9) enlisting curricular components to engage children's creativity (such as music, art work, dance, drama, puppetry, and movement); (10) creating classroom time for imagination games; (11) how a strong knowledge base undergirds creativity; (12) how creative scenarios may serve children's deeper psychological needs; (13) imaginary parties to create a happy indoor climate during severe winters; (14) promoting poetry to prominence in the classroom; (15) celebrating creative writing; (16) classroom arrangements that enhance child creativity (such as dramatic play spaces); (17) power relations in the classroom that affect creativity; (18) other experiential domains where teachers can encourage creativity (including collections); (19) decreasing "consumer gimmees" through emphasis on creativity; (20) partnering with parents to enrich creativity in children's lives; (21) the connections between creativity and mental health in early childhood; (22) the directions of creativity research, practice, and policy in the next decade; and (23) promoting creativity in society (including gender and creativity, the importance of fairy tales, and creative activities as buffers against stress). (Contains 66 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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