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What teachers see as creative incidents in elementary science lessons

Newton, D.P.; Newton, L.D.

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Teachers are often urged to nurture creativity but their conceptions of creativity in specific school subjects may have limitations which weaken their attempts to do so. Primary school teachers in England were asked to rate lesson activities according to the opportunity they offered children for creative thought in science. The teachers could, overall, distinguish between creative and reproductive activities but, as predicted, there was evidence of narrow conceptions of school science creativity, biased towards fact finding, practical activity, and technological design. Some teachers saw creativity in essentially reproductive activities and in what simply stimulated interest and on-task talk. Some implications and recommendations for teacher training and professional development are discussed.

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Newton, D., & Newton, L. (2010). What teachers see as creative incidents in elementary science lessons. International Journal of Science Education, 32(15), 1989-2005. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500690903233249

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2010
Deposit Date Jun 14, 2011
Publicly Available Date Jun 15, 2011
Journal International Journal of Science Education
Print ISSN 0950-0693
Electronic ISSN 1464-5289
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 15
Pages 1989-2005
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09500690903233249
Keywords Conceptions, Creativity, Elementary school, Pre-service, Primary school, Science education, Teacher beliefs, Teacher development.

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