Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Imbeau, Marcia B.
Divergent thinking is a 21st century skill that allows individuals to create innovative ways to alleviate some of the burdens on society by finding new solutions to old problems. However, creativity is often overlooked or ignored in the classroom environment because the rigid atmosphere of authority does not allow for the simultaneous use of multiple cognitive abilities. What can teachers do, or are they doing, to ensure that divergent thinking is fostered in their classrooms? Three surveys were administered to 32 elementary school teachers to determine if there is a disconnect between what teachers believe fosters creativity in relation to actual practices within the classroom. The first survey was paper based and the last two surveys were sent electronically to the respondents email address. The responses from the surveys indicate that teachersâ€™ personal beliefs, their knowledge of creativity, and their practices do not necessarily indicate that teachers are fostering creativity in their classes. While teacherâ€™s would like to do more lessons that promote divergent thinking and fostering creativity, standardized testing seems to limit their ability to implement this type of learning.
Roy, Jessica, "Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of Their Teaching Practices to Foster Creative Thinking in Their Students" (2012). Curriculum and Instruction Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1.