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I ain't fattening frogs for snakes: An inquiry into the application of creativity research to teaching practice


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation is a study of the implications of creativity research for the practice of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in both online and face-to-face environments. Critiques of education have focused on the instrumental or "reproductive" approach. The current study addresses the role of creativity, which, according to theorists like Friedman, Montuori, Lovitts, and others, is a key factor in transforming education.

The focus is specifically on integrating the findings of what is now an extensive body of creativity research into teaching practice so as to foster creativity in the classroom. The objective is to develop independent thinkers and researchers and not just good "course takers."

After outlining the context of education today, the role of creativity in education, and the relevant creativity research, the dissertation presents teaching and learning episodes from my own experience as a teacher to illustrate and reflect on the application of creativity research. It addresses the actual practice of teaching with its possible pitfalls as well as opportunities. In the conclusion, it considers the broader implications of creativity research for education.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Pedagogy;
Creativity;
Educational philosophy
Classification
0456: Pedagogy
Identifier / keyword
Education; Creativity; Independent thinkers; Teaching
Title
I ain't fattening frogs for snakes: An inquiry into the application of creativity research to teaching practice
Author
Crowe, Byron Dan
Number of pages
136
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0392
Source
DAI-A 71/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124046990
Advisor
Montuori, Alfonso
University/institution
California Institute of Integral Studies
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3411606
ProQuest document ID
577630918
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/577630918/abstract
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