Small measures for fostering creativity in science investigative planning

Te Ture, Raina, Smith, Judith, Graham, Roger, Smith-Graham, Vanessa, and Lewthwaite, Brian (2006) Small measures for fostering creativity in science investigative planning. STERpapers: science and technology education research papers, 2006. pp. 3-25.

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This research inquiry, based on a participatory action research model, explored the influence of teacher interventions for promoting student creativity in planning science investigations. The study is the second phase of an ongoing research project focusing on understanding and fostering creativity in Year 3 to Year 6 (age eight to 11 years) students in the written planning of fair-testing type investigations. As a response to the outcomes of the first phase of the study, teachers implemented five strategies that they believed would foster student creative expression. On the basis of the student responses, evidence of student creativity was identified and themes generated as to strategies that promote creativity expression. Of the strategies implemented only those that modeled investigative plans and then provided opportunity for discussion and negotiation had a positive, albeit quite minor, influence on creativity expression. Based on the findings of this study, implications for teachers in promoting creativity in students' scientific investigative planning are considered. As well, the third phase of this ongoing research agenda is described.

Item ID: 34477
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1176-2543
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2014 00:51
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 100%
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