Re: Decreased Creativity in Young Children?

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Bob Greaves (Robert.Greaves.au)
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 09:31:06 +0000

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Well said Deborah.
We havethe same proble herein Australia.
People on this network will know my stand on Colouring-in and related
Adult directed activities. It seems that the general public have been
led to believe that these sort of activities are how children learn.
Once again I would direct people to an article by Dr Paul Duncum in
the Australian Journal of Early Childhood. Vol 20 no. 3 September
1995
One of the problems here is that the child care/creche area where non
Kindregarten trained people "make" things with the children rather
than letting children develope there skills and knowledge naturally.
Then when the child goes into the Kindergarten level the parents
complain that, "My child made better things last year in child care",
not realizing that much of the work was very adult directed.
I do not believe children are less creative, rather that the adult
world has stolen their right to develop their creative potential.
Our Children Working with Wood activity which wehave provided at
the Royal Melbourne Show for the past 11 years and where upwards of
4000 children pass through in the 11 days, indicated that given the
opportunity children like to play with timber and hammers and make
according to their own ideas.

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Bob Greaves.


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