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Transcript of creativity
the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness Interests in to creativity go back to the ancient world... The Importance of Creativity Importance of Creativity in the Classroom - An increasingly important skill for a knowledge based - Education is seen as a central to incorporate all the creative skills (Ferrari et al., 2009) Benefits:
Enhances academic performance Sternberg (1999; cited in Fisher, 2004)
beneficial on an emotional level (Cropley, 1990) Herbert Read (1893-1968) John Dewey Testing / Crowded Curriculum Creativity is not receiving the emphasis it should be getting in school (Holmes, 2007) - Teachers prefer students who behave well, do their work and gain good results when assessed.
- They find creativity to be a problem
- Too much effort maintaining a creative environment
- Some teachers do not know how to implement creativity and the arts into their classrooms. 1859 - 1952 critical of the traditional model of schooling Experiential Learning, Progressive Education The Arts engage children with their learning, allows their Creativity and self expression to flourish (Heilig, 2010; McWilliam, 2011) Crowded Curriculum (Jesson, 2012) National Testing Systems and League Tables (Beghetto & Kaufman, 2010) Creativity in Schools under the Current Political Context Ken Robinson on creativity:
- "the process of having original ideas that hold value"
- We all have different creative capabilities - Creative people have the ability to; invent, imagine, problem-solve, create, and communicate in fresh, new ways.
- Creativity allows a person to express themselves using the arts.
- Banksy (Graffiti artist) expresses his beliefs through street art.
- Creativity is all around us - Art should be the basis of education.
- Read was influenced by Plato
- Read's book Education Through Art (1956) influenced the National Society for Education in Art and Design
- Read was moved by the expressive power and emotional content of younger artists' work. Peter Abbs 'so much learning these eschews any connection with individual life or creativity' (Abbs, 2003: 2) - All our Futures (1999)
- Coalition Government scrapped funding for creative programmes
- English Baccalaureates During that period, there was a focus on the Arts to enhance creativity and broaden the basic curriculum (Fisher, 2004). Schools Are
Killing Creativity "Learning happens in the minds and souls, not in the databases of multiple-choice tests" (Ken Robinson)
"All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up" (Picasso) Implementing Arts and Creativity within Schools Conclusion - Creativity is an essential element for learning in a knowledge based economy
- Many schools are un-supportive of this Activity Imagine you are teacher... Prepare a lesson plan for your class that incorporates the Arts and creative teaching and learning. You may combine cross curricular activities... ‘Education should foster more innovative and creative mindsets, focusing on dealing with all-pervasive complexity, encouraging learning-by-doing, opportunity creation and problem-solving rather than knowledge transmission’(EPC, 2009: 1) http://www.rm.com/_RMVirtual/Media/Downloads/lent_rise_case_study.pdf The Ideal Student? Spring Grove Junior and Infant School