Creative thinking is becoming increasingly valued as a priority by schools as a result of education reform. Teaching for creativity implies shifting from teacher-centered traditional practices to innovative student-centered teaching and learning. This presentation will address the educational distinctiveness of dance as an artistic activity, and its unique contribution in developing creative thinking skills. In this context, dance as art is studied via the performing, making, and appreciating strands. Theories of creativity models of the creative process, and methods to enhance creative abilities will be reviewed. An example of group creative work in teacher training dance education module will be presented as well as excerpts from the students' interview explaining the process that led to their dance. Finally, a model for the creative process in dance will be proposed, and a case will be made to view dance making as key in the development of creativity.
|Publication status||Published - 2004|