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JON04499 Creativity, Imagination

By Anthony Jones


School curricula and teachers have traditionally suggested that creativity is only possible in subjects such as art, music, drama and dance. However the digital technology now available to schools can offer users opportunities to be creative in different ways and in other subject areas. Using ideas from recently published UK reports on creativity and creative thinking, grade 1 and 2 students in three classes used pencil and paper to draw houses and people, and then used a computer software package to draw other items. The software package allowed students to draw free-hand, to use built-in graphics features including colour for lines and fill, and to use text. No attempt was made to compare products from the two media forms for creativity. Children who displayed certain characteristics of creativity in their pencil and paper drawings were asked about both their pencil and computer drawings. The tentative results reinforce the belief that creativity is in the child rather than the medium, but that some children respond to a particular medium and demonstrate behaviours not seen in other contexts

Year: 2009
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