Learning environments that support student creativity: Developing the SCALE

Carmen Richardson, Punya Mishra

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    Abstract

    In this article, we report on the creation of an instrument that offers educators a practical tool to aid in the design of learning environments that support student creativity. Based on our literature review, classroom observations, and administrator feedback, three key areas were found to support student creativity: Learner Engagement, Physical Environment, and Learning Climate. These three areas create the foundation of the SCALE: Support for Creativity in a Learning Environment, a tool that provides educators with specific examples for the support of creativity. The 14 items of the SCALE focus on learning tasks, classroom practices, interactions between students and teachers, and the physical setting and availability of resources. The empirical study of creativity in education has grown in the past 10 years as experts have called for schools to prepare students with the skills that enable them to be innovative and creative. However, much of what has been produced has not been practical or immediately useful for educators because the trend has been to focus on behavior or easily measurable aspects of creativity rather than creative potential. The SCALE offers one way of filling this gap.

    LanguageEnglish (US)
    Pages45-54
    Number of pages10
    JournalThinking Skills and Creativity
    Volume27
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

    Profile

    creativity
    learning environment
    student
    educator
    classroom
    learning
    climate
    expert
    trend
    teacher
    interaction
    resources
    school
    education
    literature

    Keywords

    • Creative climate
    • Creativity
    • Learning environment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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    Learning environments that support student creativity : Developing the SCALE. / Richardson, Carmen; Mishra, Punya.

    In: Thinking Skills and Creativity, Vol. 27, 01.03.2018, p. 45-54.

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    Richardson, Carmen ; Mishra, Punya. / Learning environments that support student creativity : Developing the SCALE. In: Thinking Skills and Creativity. 2018 ; Vol. 27. pp. 45-54
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