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Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom Paperback – June 28, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0521715201 ISBN-10: 0521715202 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521715202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521715201
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What do leading scholars and researchers in the field of creativity think about developing creativity in the classroom? This fascinating book offers practical advice and concrete suggestions from many different perspectives and addresses a number of important questions. How does brainstorming in the classroom increase content knowledge? What are 'ideal acts' of learning? How do you combine creative and critical thinking in the curriculum? Beghetto and Kaufman in their excellent synthesis offer twenty key points about nurturing creativity in the classroom. This book is a very valuable addition to the field of creativity and education."
- Sandra Russ, Case Western Reserve University


"Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom is an essential addition to the library of anyone involved in education who cares about fostering student creativity. The chapters present the most current views of the foremost scholars in creativity and learning, with clear and readable syntheses of potential problems and pitfalls, contrasted with pointers and good practices to ensure that classrooms are vibrant homes to creativity. Own it, read it, and embrace the twenty key points listed in the Creativity in the Classroom Coda."
- Lisa F. Smith, University of Otago - College of Education, New Zealand


"Ronald Beghetto and James Kaufman invited a diverse group of scholars to discuss in writing their most rigorous and cutting-edge ideas on the topic of classroom creativity. The results are refreshingly counter-intuitive. The book's recurring themes emphasize that developing student creative thinking requires expert guidance and role modeling in disciplined thought processes, persistence, deep content knowledge and risk taking within realistic constraints. By way of engaging language rich with examples, these chapters offer evidence-based advice on experiences that elicit creativity on the part of children, including suggestions for optimal timing, conditions, and purposes for these activities."
- Rena F. Subotnik, Director, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education, American Psychological Association


"....Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom provides an important service through chapters that challenge long-standing, assumed dichotomies in American education.... Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom also includes two well-written articles about education for gifted students.... presents a broad view of the state of creativity research...."
- Michael Hanson, Teachers College Record


"....Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom is a creative landmark in its unique and revolutionary way of reconceptualizing creativity in its relation to academic learning and in creative learning strategies that may be incorporated with standard methods of learning in the classroom. Its purpose to initiate change in how creativity is perceived, received, and implemented in the classroom setting is lofty, given the predominant emphasis on basic academic learning standards.... the scientist-practitioner approach to content should enhance the value of the book for educators, school psychologists, educational psychologists, and other professionals (practitioners and researchers) interested in creativity and the learning process.... academic and creative brothers can finally embrace."
- Giselle B. Esquivel, PsycCRITIQUES

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Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom is a groundbreaking collection of essays by leading scholars, who examine and respond to the tension that many educators face in valuing student creativity but believing that they cannot support it given the curricular constraints of the classroom. It is unique in its balance of practical recommendations for nurturing creativity and thoughtful appreciation of curricular constraints.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Heather on January 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a teacher and working on my Masters in Child Development. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I have always been very interested in children's creativity and wondered why this is not a focus of early elementary curriculum. As a child development student, we are taught how important fostering creativity is for children, but often we are not really instructed in how to accomplish this. This book provides feedback on how to foster creativity in the school systems for teachers while still following the education system's standards. This book provides many different perspectives on how important creativity is to optimal development and how to accomplish this task based on perspectives from teachers, policy makers, educators, researchers and parents. If you are interested in nurturing your child's creativity or student's creativity or becoming a more creative teacher I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MsSalt84 on December 4, 2012
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Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom is an edited collection of essays on how to bring creative and critical thinking into the classroom. Lately, the discussion on creativity in schools has flourished yet again. This book focuses on preparing students of today for the future of tomorrow. It is no longer enough to teach them about knowledge; they now have to be able to think for themselves. Torrance called the same discussion `a quiet revolution' that has been ongoing since the 1960s. With this book the editors, Ronald A. Beghetto and James C. Kaufman, are making a true effort to make this a loud revolution.

Both editors are well known within the Creative Studies field where Beghetto's research focuses on K-12classroom creativity and Kaufman has dedicated his career to studying how to nurture and encourage creativity. Together these two editors create a collaboration that brings the importance of creativity in the classroom to the forefront of education. There are a total of 28 different contributors dispersed on 20 chapters and 418 pages. A quick look at the list of contributors is enough to heighten anyone's anticipation. The essays are written by both American- and foreign authors, including well-known researchers Mark A. Runco and Robert J. Sternberg.

But, how can you nurture creativity in the classroom? The editors suggest it starts with educating the teachers and the decision makers. Most teachers, especially the ones favoring creativity, do not fully understand what creativity is and what it actually means. This has to change if progress is going to be made.

The different essays presented examine and respond to the increasing tension many educators face when having to deal with curriculum constraints while trying to balance student creativity in the classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Russell on February 10, 2013
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The toughest task for any teacher is fostering unique ideas in kids. Beghetto is a leading researcher in the field and provide some solid advice for the classroom.
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