Creativity and Creative Learning

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Jasmine Edworthy-

The differences between creative learning and creativity- there can be many meanings to creativity; creativity consists of the traditional creative arts and development of the imagination and imaginative play such as role play. Creativity is about helping children to find ways to express themselves through a range of ways such as painting, model making, sewing and dancing. Creativity is about exploring emotions and expressions, so the focus of creativity in this sense is only partially about producing an end product and is more about enjoying and learning from the process. Whereas creative learning is about helping children develop imaginative thinking through exploring materials/objects and problem solving skills. It is also about giving children opportunities to make their own connections between different areas and relate to them. Creative learning may be to plan to make a den which has a goal of being the den but the children will be exploring the different materials to use for a floor to a roof or planning how to keep the roof up so therefore they will be using their problem solving skills and critically thinking.

Explain current theoretical approaches to creativity and creative learning in early childhood-

The majority of theories of child development view young children as highly creative with a natural tendency to fantasize experiment and explore their physical and conceptual environment. Understanding of creative learning differs from those who see it creativity as freedom to express ourselves to those who link it to self discipline, practise and crafts. Creativity is more about the process rather than the end product and this creative process is useful for many reasons, such as developing confidence, developing good relationships and finding out what strengths we have and what we love and what we can give to others. Creative learning is seen to enable social skills, team work and shared problem solving through partnerships....
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