ERIC Number: EJ1201697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring the Perceptions of Student Teachers about 'Creative School' in Early Childhood Education
Ucus, Sukran; Acar, Ibrahim H.
Early Child Development and Care, v189 n2 p191-206 2019
Creative school environments use creative approaches in their curriculum, content, and teaching and learning. Considering that creativity is fostered by all elements of educational processes such as teachers, classrooms, and school environments, the purpose of the current study was to explore perceptions of Turkish student teachers in an early childhood education program about the concept of 'creative school' as a holistic system of creativity in early childhood. A case study design was used in the current study. Findings indicated that the student teachers described the 'creative school' as a space for active engagement, supporting inquiries of children through play-based activities, design of nature- and community-based schools, child participation and freedom of speech, and open-ended experiences. Moreover, descriptive analyses of drawings reflected the same or similar perceptions. Themes that emerged in the current study reflected the philosophy, curriculum, teachers, or children within a 'creative school'. Further, the importance of a creative school in early childhood education is discussed.
Descriptors: Creativity, Play, Freedom of Speech, Freehand Drawing, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Community Schools, Creative Teaching, Teaching Methods, Student Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers, Case Studies, Educational Philosophy, Preschool Curriculum, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey