ERIC Number: EJ1031196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 82
Classroom Contexts for Creativity
Beghetto, Ronald A.; Kaufman, James C.
High Ability Studies, v25 n1 p53-69 2014
Various factors influence the development of creative potential, including everything from individual differences to the kinds of experiences and opportunities that creators experience throughout the lifespan. When it comes to nurturing creativity in the classroom, the learning environment is one of the most important factors--determining, in large part, whether creative potential will be supported (or suppressed). In short, classroom context matters. It is one thing to recognize that the classroom environment impacts the development of creative potential, it is quite another to understand just what it takes to develop an optimally supportive creative learning environment. This is because many of the features of optimal learning environments are quite subtle and even counterintuitive. In this paper, we discuss insights from the research on how teachers might establish a creativity-supportive learning environment in their classroom.
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Creativity, Context Effect, Classroom Techniques, Student Characteristics, Individual Differences, Teaching Methods, Educational Research, Best Practices, Learner Engagement, Environmental Influences, Student Participation, Teacher Role
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