Essay on The Effect Of Creativity On Early Childhood Education

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Investigate and Discuss Creativity in Early Childhood Education.
The aim of this paper is to discuss what is the definition of creativity in early childhood education. To do this we first need to understand what creativity is and I think this quote by Linda Niamen (cited online 2016) “Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways to find hidden patterns” sums it up perfectly for me. So it’s not enough to have the imagination to think new ideas up. No it is the acting of following through with those thoughts to actually create something that was not there before. So I am wondering what if any influence philosophies, teaching styles, and or curriculum plays in the ability of young children to be able to have the time and tools needed to be creative. I will investigate four different early childhood centers and discuss what I find there.
For example, Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy recognizes that children pass through distinct stages of development, which are at specific times. Rudolf Steiner’s education recognizes the whole child as a threefold being in the realms of head. In Stage 1, willing and doing (ages 0-7), children learn through student-centered physical explorations, creative play, and imitation of adult actions. In Stage 2, feeling (ages 7-14), children learn through explorations of the imagination with direct artistic challenges and tactile experiences. In Stage 3,…

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