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ERIC Number: ED523512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 200
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8585-6404-3
Evolving Creativity: New Pedagogies for Young Children in China
Vong, Keang-Ieng
Trentham Books Ltd
This book challenges the assumption that creativity is culture-free. Fostering creativity in the young has gained unprecedented attention in China, one of the most vigorous world economies today. This book examines Chinese kindergarten teachers' interpretations of creativity in relation to their ideas of children's learning and cognition, using grounded data. It discusses how their practice is influenced by their social and cultural environment, schooling experiences and professional training and how these determine their interpretations of creativity and children's learning. The case studies presented here exemplify the ways in which Western pedagogy that is believed to be effective in fostering creativity in children is being implemented in parts of China. They show how the pedagogy is not merely transplanted but is interpreted and transformed according to Chinese social and cultural values. The relationship is explored between different pedagogical strategies and the development of cognition, abilities and skills in the next Chinese generation. The lessons for Early Years educators everywhere are clear.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China