Embedding creative thinking
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Creative thinking, or divergent production potential is present in all learners but many of the standard classroom activities stunt rather than develop it. This presentation aims to point out opportunities for making this part of our design including activities that have the potential of developing the different facets of this composite aspect of human intellect.
It has been suggested that creativity (or, as it is also termed, divergent production) is not a single unifying ability but is viewed as a composite of intellectual abilities. The four main facets I will be looking at are:
FLUENCY Ability to produce large numbers of ideas
FLEXIBILITY Ability to produce diverse ideas (not the same kind)
ELABORATION Ability to add on to and embellish an already existing idea
ORIGINALITY Ability to produce uncommon, 'clever' ideas
Creative thinking, or divergent production, facilitates problem solving, and in a problem solving approach oriented classroom, enhancing creative thinking potential can facilitate discovery learning as well as enhance language production.
This talk will outline the thinking and relationship of divergent versus convergent production relating them to specific language activities encouraging one or the other kind.
I will be suggesting a range of activities which can develop aspects of creative thinking singly or in combination.
The four facets listed do not refer specifically to language learning but to any kind of intellectual challenge, language learning being one of them.
Depending on the type of audience, some references may also be made as to how the concept can be used in the TEFL training classroom.
Related blog post:
The Art of Being Creative http://marisaconstantinides.edublogs.org/2010/04/13/the-art-of-being-cre...
This post may be of interest to teacher educators but the activities and ideas were also used in my talk at Harrogate with a language learning focus.
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