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ERIC Number: EJ874258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1822-1645
Teachers' Creativity and Effectiveness in Higher Education: Perceptions of Students and Faculty
de Sousa, Fernando Cardoso
Quality of Higher Education, v4 p21-37 2007
Students' and lecturers' perceptions of own effectiveness and creativity as teachers are compared, using a survey questionnaire with a sample of 854 students and 254 lecturers of a higher education institution, together with interviews and class observations of lecturers who were selected as examples of creative teaching. Results indicate that students concentrate more than faculty on creativity when imagining how they would perform as teachers; when effectiveness is considered, the opposite applies. In addition, the lecturers selected as creative score similar to students, as to the perception of their own creativity, and to their peers, as to effectiveness. Teaching creatively is seen by its agents as the search for doing things better, and if the communication process is successful, that attempt is perceived by the students as creative. This research demonstrates that creativity lies not in the teacher, nor in the student, but in the interaction between the two. (Contains 5 footnotes, 1 table, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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