Encouraging Creativity in the Face of Administrative Convenience : How Our Schools Discourage Divergent Thinking

  • Geist, E. and Hohn J
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This article reports observations of 2 classrooms in which arts based creative activities were integrated with curricular subject areas. One successfully incorporated a positive approach to supporting creativity. The other classroom used a more traditional approach to creative activities in the classroom. Suggestions for and possible outcomes of supporting and/or not supporting creativity in the classroom are discussed and relevant literature on the topic presented and a discussion of the institutional barriers that keep creativity from being fully emphasized in the classroom. These include 1) the erosion of arts in the school curriculum 2) lack of Preservice teacher training in the arts and 3) over-reliance on praise in the classroom. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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  • J. Geist, E. and Hohn

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