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ERIC Number: ED477429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 16
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The Child's Right to Creative Thought and Expression: A Position Paper of the Association for Childhood Education International.
Jalongo, Mary Renck
This paper presents the position of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) regarding children's right to creative thought and expression. The position statement begins with a comparison of creativity in children and in adults, asserting that children have the right to creative development and that opportunities for creative expression should not be reserved only for children who earn them through obedience or because they display early talent. The paper calls for a redefinition of creativity, noting that there are considerable misconceptions about creativity among educators and the general public. Strategies to clarify the definition of creativity include equating creativity with productive thought, differentiating the eminent creativity of geniuses and the problem-solving ability more widely distributed, and gaining a multicultural perspective on the concept. The statement emphasizes that creativity depends on talent, motivation, interest, effort, and opportunity. The statement further maintains that creativity is socially supported, culturally influenced, and collaboratively achieved. In taking this position, the ACEI acknowledges that several challenges must be addressed by educators; the statement argues that educators should confront misconceptions about creative thinking, redefine creative teaching, provide role models of motivation and persistence in creative thought, call for appropriate assessment of creative processes and products, and reflect on their aspirations for children through a thoughtful critique of creative products in society. The position statement concludes by asserting that a belief in childrens right to creative thought and expression transforms the classroom and becomes part of the social consciousness and social capital. (Contains 96 references.) (KB)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association for Childhood Education International, Olney, MD.