Play-based creativity-fostering practices: The effects of different pedagogical approaches on the development of children’s creative thinking behaviours in a Chinese preschool classroom

Hun Ping Rebecca CHEUNG

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Abstract

Hong Kong’s policy and curriculum guide advocates the development of creativity, and stresses the importance of child-centred and play-based practices in preschools. Effective pedagogical approaches for creativity reform should reflect a sociocultural perspective. This study aimed to compare the pedagogical effects of two teaching approaches, in a teacher-led, problem-solving activity. A case study research method was employed in a preschool setting. The Analysing Children’s Creative Thinking framework was used to document the creative thinking behaviours of two groups of six-year-old children in terms of exploration, involvement and enjoyment, and persistence. The results revealed that children in the teacher-guided approach exhibited more creative thinking behaviours than children in the hands-off approach. It was evident that Chinese children benefit when the level of choice is not overwhelming and learning occurs in a progressive way. The findings suggest that cultural and contextual appropriateness should be taken into consideration when promoting creativity in education. Copyright © 2018 Pedagogy, Culture & Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-527
JournalPedagogy, Culture & Society
Volume26
Issue number4
Early online dateJan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Cheung, R. H. P. (2018). Play-based creativity-fostering practices: The effects of different pedagogical approaches on the development of children’s creative thinking behaviours in a Chinese preschool classroom. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 26(4), 511-527. doi: 10.1080/14681366.2018.1424725

Keywords

  • Play-based creative practice
  • Pedagogical effects
  • Creative thinking behaviour
  • Early childhood
  • Chinese context

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