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ERIC Number: EJ931343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Science Is Creative
Howe, Alan
Primary Science Review, n81 p14-16 Jan-Feb 2004
Science is creative. Write it big, shout it loud, because the message is not getting through. There is much discussion about creativity in education at the moment, yet how often does one hear the minister for "this" or the expert in "that" discuss creativity and immediately start talking about the arts? If "creativity" in the curriculum is interpreted as "more art and music" and science is already "squeezed" by the literacy and numeracy strategies, it would seem to suggest that science has very little to offer the primary curriculum. How should teachers make the case that science is creative? In this article, the author discusses three aspects of creativity that are most relevant to science: (1) it is about making connections; (2) it involves fulfilling, purposeful activity leading to originality; and (3) it is a capacity that every child has. He also discusses how to teach science that supports creativity. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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