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Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline

Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline
Photo IT BOTHERS MATTHEW LAHUE and it surely bothers you: enter a public restroom and the stall lock is broken. Fortunately, Mr. Lahue has a solution. It’s called the Bathroom Bodyguard. Standing before his Buffalo State College classmates and professor, Cyndi Burnett, Mr. The world may be full of problems, but students presenting projects for Introduction to Creative Studies have uncovered a bunch you probably haven’t thought of. “I don’t expect them to be the next Steve Jobs or invent the flying car,” Dr. Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions — is being recast as a prized and teachable skill. “The reality is that to survive in a fast-changing world you need to be creative,” says Gerard J. “That is why you are seeing more attention to creativity at universities,” he says. Critical thinking has long been regarded as the essential skill for success, but it’s not enough, says Dr. Dr. Jack V. Dr.

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30 Ways To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom For the Spanish translation click here The concept of teaching creativity has been around for quite some time. Academics such as E. Cultivating Creativity in Standards-Based Classrooms How do students learn to challenge ideas and think beyond the status quo? Can creativity be fostered in classrooms that follow Common Core standards and test for conformity? At first glance, these questions may seem at odds. And, in fact, many educators believe that today's schools have abandoned the concept of creativity. Yet teachers can and do foster creativity in standards-based classrooms every day.

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