ERIC Number: EJ1179459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Secondary School Creativity, Teacher Practice and STEAM Education: An International Study
Harris, Anne; de Bruin, Leon R.
Journal of Educational Change, v19 n2 p153-179 May 2018
How creativity in education is applied by teachers to secondary school contexts is dependent on how the term 'creativity' is grounded, politicised, and practised. This paper reports on an international study of secondary schools in Australia, USA, Canada, and Singapore investigating how creativity is understood, negotiated, valued and manifested in secondary schools, focusing on teacher and student understandings, actions, benefits and impediments to creative and critical thinking. Participant reflections revealed inter-, trans- and cross-disciplinary learning shaped by teacher collaboration, dialogue and classroom organization that fosters critical and creative thinking. Implications are made for the ways practicing teachers develop and foster creativity via pedagogical approaches that enhance connectivity and interdisciplinarity of teaching practices between domains of learning. An education-based Creativity Index through which administrators and teachers can gauge, assess and implement creative skills, capacities, pedagogic practices and assessment of creativity within secondary schools is posited. Implications for STEM/STEAM education and centralizing creative capacities in teaching, learning, and educational change are offered.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Creativity, Educational Practices, STEM Education, Art Education, Educational Benefits, Barriers, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teacher Collaboration, Secondary School Teachers, Educational Environment, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Skill Development, Creativity Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States; Canada; Singapore