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ERIC Number: EJ948812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 90
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0175
The Dynamics of Creative Teaching
Lilly, Frank R.; Bramwell-Rejskind, Gillian
Journal of Creative Behavior, v38 n2 p102-124 2004
The following is a qualitative portrait of a creative teacher and her teaching process. Over a period of six months, five interviews were conducted with the teacher before, during, and following a university course in teacher education on instructing diverse learners. Additional interviews were conducted with six students at the beginning and end of the course and with the teacher's husband following the course. Additional data sets include classroom observations revealed in field notes, personal memos, and course materials. The overarching themes represented constructs involving intense and thorough course preparation, teacher-student connections, and reflective teaching. Sub-themes guiding the process of creative teaching emerged including constraints placed on preparation and reflective teaching, an awareness of self and students within the process of preparation and connection, feedback from colleagues and students guiding the connection and reflective teaching, and the values and goals formed from personal history and philosophy of life shaping all three major themes. This case study of creative teaching possesses characteristics resembling creative acts in other domains (e.g., art, literature, physics, economics) and presents a model for the education of future teachers. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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