1st Edition

Developing Creativity in the Classroom Learning and Innovation for 21st-Century Schools

    316 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Developing Creativity in the Classroom applies the most current theory and research on creativity to support the design of teaching and learning. Creative thinking and problem solving are at the heart of learning and application as students prepare for innovation-driven careers. This text debunks myths about creativity and teaching and, instead, illustrates productive conceptions of creative thinking and innovation, including a constructivist learning approach in which creative thinking enhances and strengthens conceptual understanding of the curriculum. Through models of teaching that support creativity and problem solving, this book extends the idea of a creative pedagogy to the four core curriculum domains. Developing Creativity in the Classroom focuses on explanations and examples of how creative thinking and deep learning merge to support engaging learning environments, rising to the challenge of developing 21st-century competencies.

    Introduction Creativity, Problem Solving, and Innovation: 21st-Century Imperatives Part I What Is Creativity? Chapter 1 Understanding Creativity and Innovation Chapter 2 Influential Theories of Creativity Chapter 3 Assessing Creativity Part II Practicing a Creative Pedagogy Chapter 4 Integrated Approach to Teaching Creativity Chapter 5 Developing Psychosocial Skills to Sustain Creativity Chapter 6 Teaching Models to DevelopCreativity in the Classroom Chapter 7 Strategies and Tactics for DevelopingCreativity in the Classroom Part III Creative Pedagogy in the Content Areas Chapter 8 Developing Creative Abilities in Language Arts Chapter 9 Developing Creative Abilities in Mathematics Chapter 10 Developing Creative Abilities in Science Chapter 11 Developing Creative Abilities in Social Studies Part IV Systematic Development of Creativity Chapter 12 Creativity, Expertise, and Talent Development Chapter 13 Systematic Development of Creativity in Schools Chapter 14 Frontiers for Research on DevelopingCreativity in Schools References About the Authors Index


    Todd Kettler, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas. He has been a teacher of gifted students and a gifted program director. In his current role, he teaches graduate courses in gifted education.

    Kristen N. Lamb, Ph.D., is a research associate for the Robinson Center at the University of Washington. She studies equity issues in gifted education and talent development as well as the role of creativity in talent development of high ability students and classroom conditions conducive to developing creative thinking and advanced academic achievement. Her research on teacher perceptions of creativity has been published in Creativity Research Journal and Thinking Skills and Creativity.

    Developing Creativity in the Classroom provides teachers with practical classroom strategies built upon current research and empirical evidence in the field of creativity. [It] not only transforms the classroom but also transforms the minds and practices of both teachers and students alike.,James A. Cox,Midwest Book Review: Library Bookwatch, 1/10/19
    As an educator who has had the privilege of teaching graduate-level courses on creativity, I know that this text will remain a trusted resource for me going forward. I appreciate how the authors not only interpret major theories but also seamlessly facilitate teachers' practical understanding of creativity while also addressing their possible hesitations regarding how to integrate creativity into their daily classroom routines. I look forward to contemplating the ideas presented in this text as they advance my own instructional practices teaching for creativity.,Bobbi Hansen,Teachers College Record, 6/6/19