ERIC Number: EJ813504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
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"Enhancing the Creative Process for Learning in Primary Technology Education"
Webster, Alistair; Campbell, Coral; Jane, Beverley
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v16 n3 p221-235 Sep 2006
When undertaking design and technology activities, children are provided with opportunities to create solutions to problems in new and innovative ways. The mental processes involved in the generation of new ideas may be enhanced when children's attention is not focussed and is allowed to wander in a relaxed and uncompetitive environment. Research indicates that the two mental states, generative and non-generative, cannot exist simultaneously. This paper reports on a research project which investigated the impact on children's thinking when a period of non-focussed thinking became part of the technology process. The results support the previous proposition that a child's non-generative/analytical mental state needs to give way to a generative state so that a child can be more fully creative. Moreover, from this study that documented children's ideas during their involvement in a design and technology activity, teachers are urged to provide an incubation period as part of the technological process in the classroom, so that children's creativity can be fostered.
Descriptors: Creativity, Technology Education, Design, Elementary School Students, Problem Solving, Creative Thinking, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods, Class Activities, Learning Processes, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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