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ERIC Number: EJ1137949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-20
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1099-839X
An Exploration of the Existence, Value and Importance of Creativity Education
Cho, Hyunjung; Pemberton, Cynthia Lee; Ray, Beverly
Current Issues in Education, v20 n1 Mar 2017
This study employed purposive sampling across 20 SE Idaho schools to explore PK-3 educators' perceptions regarding the value and importance of creativity education in the early childhood education setting (PK-3). A survey instrument and semi-structured interview protocol were developed for use. Surveys were distributed by mail and through on-site meetings, Interviews were conducted in one-on-one settings. Seventy-three PK-3 educators were surveyed and eight took part in the interviews. The findings indicated that while PK-3 educators valued the concept of creativity, there was a discrepancy between teachers' claims of valuing creativity and the realities of their classrooms. Barriers to increasing creativity education were identified as a lack of educators' understanding of creativity, children's freedom of expression, curricular restrictions, and the high-stake testing environment. Needed supports included loosening regulations associated with standardized tests, more curricular flexibility and space for free-play activities, and a clearer, shared understanding of creativity.
Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education. Deans Office, P.O. Box 870211 Payne 108, Tempe, AZ 85287. Tel: 480-965-3306; Fax: 480-965-6231; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Grade 1; Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho
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