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ERIC Number: EJ871648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Encouraging Creativity in the Face of Administrative Convenience: How Our Schools Discourage Divergent Thinking
Geist, Eugene; Hohn, Jennifer
Education, v130 n1 p141-150 Fall 2009
This article reports observations of 2 classrooms in which arts based creative activities were integrated with curricular subject areas. One successfully incorporated a positive approach to supporting creativity. The other classroom used a more traditional approach to creative activities in the classroom. Suggestions for and possible outcomes of supporting and/or not supporting creativity in the classroom are discussed and relevant literature on the topic presented and a discussion of the institutional barriers that keep creativity from being fully emphasized in the classroom. These include 1) the erosion of arts in the school curriculum 2) lack of Preservice teacher training in the arts and 3) over-reliance on praise in the classroom. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A