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Re: Creativity

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Christine Beth Johnson (chrbjohn)
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 06:10:50 -0500 (EST)

Hello and congratulations for seeing the crucial needs. May I suggest you
take a look at a move to implemntation of Problem-Based Learning. Its
culminating outcome is students who can address a problem presented in any
discipline and then work to devlop a solution. This methodology would
increase cooperative( if problems are addressed using groups) creative and
critical thinking. Arts education(DBAE style) already uses the approach
when we ask students to develop their own creation in
visual/dance/dramatic/written form. The methodology provides authentic
learning situation.
My ED.D work and disseretation are devoted to making the guides for
implementation clearer. After over 25 years as an educator I found these
methodology to reach the learning I desire in students.
I'd be interested in letting your group know about it.I'm presently
working with several school systems to implement PBL. Check out the ASCD
publication "Developing Constructivist Learning Enviornments" for the
philsophy behind it.

Stay in touch and let me know how your group is doing. My son is going to
school in Pa.and I often travel that way.
And bravo on your approach to curriculum devlopment.

Christine Johnson
CEO, Arts Alive and
Indiana University, IST doctoral student
Bloomington, IN

"Teaching is an Art of the Heart." M. Johnson