Summary: Nurturing Creativity In Education

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Nurturing Creativity in Education, published to the European Journal of Education on September 1, 2014, was written by Paul Collard and Janet Looney. The authors aimed this article at informing their readers in understanding that creativity is an essential factor for education. Most people have heard the word “creativity” and have a basic understanding of what the word means, but the article gives us a clearer viewpoint on the subject of creativity. It states that “creativity is widely acknowledged as vital for social and economic innovation and development as well as for individual well-being” (Collard & Looney, 2014. p. 1). Creativity is a form of perception, where humans use their senses, imaginations, and reason to problem-solve and …show more content…
Some teachers report that curriculum does not always allow room for creativity in the classroom – whether when it applies to student learning or the way teachers choose to present lessons. School leaders and other influential personnel also put a damper on the creative risks that teachers wish to make, so as to meet new statewide standards or high performance levels on high stakes tests (Collard & Looney, 2014). Additionally, there are several ways to gauge the positive correlation between creativity and learning. The article labels key components of a creative mind such as “inquisitiveness, persistence, collaboration, discipline, and imagination” (Collard & Looney, 2014, p. 9). Students who demonstrate these qualities often possess strong foundations for creative thinking. Creativity may be applied in many forms, and enhances the learning experience. I agree that it is a vital addition to any classroom, and those whose teachers take advantage of it definitely flourish. Creativity in the classroom can vary from allowing student choice on topics that interest them for writing assignments, to something as small as a catchy phrase coined by the teacher to grab classroom …show more content…
I have always been more on the “imaginative” side. I like to draw and create things in my spare time. Additionally, I enjoy reading fiction, which is based solely on the imagination of others, and writing my own small works of fiction and poems. It’s not unusual for me as an adult to rely on creativity as a form of problem solving when I am confronted with certain scenarios at work, school, or my personal life. In conclusion, creativity is one of the most important qualities that humans possess, yet it is sometimes undermined in today’s school system. Some people are naturally more “imaginative” than others and that is why teacher collaboration with creative professionals is often key to encouraging and nourishing a healthy and creative classroom atmosphere. When students are pushed to think outside the box, they will continue to do so outside the classroom. This “domino effect” leads to personal growth, and creative problem solving in real world scenarios, which is a desirable trait in the business and economic

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