Do we have to go outside? Millenial pre-service teachers discovering nature, creativity and self confidence

Jones, Janice K. (2010) Do we have to go outside? Millenial pre-service teachers discovering nature, creativity and self confidence. In: Enhancing Learning Experiences in Higher Education: International Conference (CETL 2010), 2-3 Dec 2010, Hong Kong .

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Creativity and sustainability are listed indicators for global survival, competitiveness and lifelong learning in Australian national statements for a quality 21st century education. This paper considers findings from the first year of a 7 year study into pre-service teacher confidence and awareness of their personal creativity. It considers also the impact of students' immersion experience in a Japanese Garden during the first year of their university experience. Data emerging from the study indicates a significant gap between pre-service teachers' confidence in their personal creativity, and their valorisation of creativity for teaching and learning. It also indicates that millennial pre-service teachers' experience of the natural world is predominantly technology-mediated, rather than first hand. This paper considers the impact of students' experience in a natural environment, a Japanese Garden, upon their perceptions of creativity. The study has implications for the ways in which universities embed creativity and sustainability as graduate skills and attributes, in the context of the millennial student. These attributes are particularly important in the context of teacher education for sustainability, when future teachers may themselves suffer from the 'Nature Deficit Disorder' (Louv, 2010; O'Connor, 2010) that 21st century education seeks to address.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 Janice K. Jones. The author assigns to CETL, HKU the right to publish this document in full in the conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2014 01:25
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014 01:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: creativity; pre-service teacher education; nature; wellbeing; Nature Deficit Disorder; sustainability; teacher education; wellbeing; graduate skills
Fields of Research : 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
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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