Jones, Janice K. (2013) Re-discovering the arts: the impact of engagement in a natural environment upon pre-service teacher perceptions of creativity. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 8 (1). pp. 102-108. ISSN 1871-1871
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsc.2012.08.001
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.tsc.2012.08.001
Australian national statements describing a quality 21st century education prioritize creativity and sustainability as essentials for global and economic survival and for individual wellbeing. However, data gathered from 114 pre-service teachers commencing undergraduate study indicates their limited experience and skills in the arts, and lack of confidence in their personal creativity. 88 of the group experienced 3 weeks' of arts workshops in a safe natural context, a Japanese Garden. Groups used the natural environment as a stimulus and resource for group problem solving. The study findings indicate that many respondents had experienced a lack of contact with nature during their formal years of schooling (Jones, 2011), and that immersive learning experience in safe natural environments had positive impacts upon their wellbeing and perceptions of personal creativity. Respondents reported deep absorption and 'flow' experiences (Csikszentmihalyi, 1997), more positive perceptions of their personal creativity, the removal of barriers to group problem solving and enhanced confidence in the arts.
|Item Type:||Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)|
|Additional Information:||Published online 5 Sep 2012. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||arts; creativity; dialogic learning; group processes for learning; natural environments; teacher education; thinking skills|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance|
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development|
|Deposited On:||15 Oct 2012 15:41|
|Last Modified:||18 Apr 2013 09:29|
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