Primary teachers' beliefs about scientific creativity in the classroom context

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Liu, Shu-Chiu and Lin, Huann-shyang. (2014) Primary teachers' beliefs about scientific creativity in the classroom context. International Journal of Science Education. 36(10), pp. 1551 - 1567. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2013.868619
AuthorsLiu, Shu-Chiu and Lin, Huann-shyang
Abstract

While a number of studies have investigated people's perceptions or conceptions of creativity, there is a lack of studies looking into science teachers' views. The study aimed to explore the meanings of scientific creativity in the classroom context as perceived by a selective group of upper primary (Grades 3–6; student ages 8–12) science teachers (n = 16) in Taiwan. Using a self-report, open-ended questionnaire and follow-up interviews, the participants responded to questions as to (1) what quality, behaviours and abilities characterise a creative learner in their science classrooms, (2) what a science classroom should be like if it is to facilitate scientific creativity, and (3) whether and what particular elements of the inquiry approach are incorporated in such a classroom. The analyses revealed that the teachers captured the central features of creativity and proposed diverse ideas about how to foster creativity in school science, but seemed to overlook some aspects, such as convergent thinking, problem-finding, and linking the arts and science. These missing features are regarded as important for scientific creativity in contemporary research. The findings were discussed along with their implications for teacher education and future research.

Keywordsscientific creativity; teaching creativity; primary science; teachers' beliefs; inquiry-based teaching and learning
Year2014
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Journal citation36 (10), pp. 1551 - 1567
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0950-0693
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2013.868619
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84901696543
Page range1551 - 1567
Research GroupSchool of Education
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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