EDE 524: Critical and Creative Thinking

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This course may be applied toward the 690 (Gifted and Talented) endorsement for Maine educators. The course is currently offered for 4.5 CEUs.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this course students will practice techniques for stimulating critical and creative thinking as well as strategies for adapting existing curricula to develop critical and creative thinking abilities in students. The course will examine ways to encourage creativity and critical thinking and ways to create challenging and nurturing learning environments. This course may be applied toward the 690 (Gifted & Talented) endorsement for Maine educators.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

For 4.5 CEUs: Internet access required. No text required.

For Graduate/Undergraduate credits:  Tomlinson, C., & Kaplan, S. (2009). The parallel curriculum: A design to develop learner potential and challenge advanced learners (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

  • * Describe the major theories and models of creativity that attempt to describe creative people, creative processes, and creative products.
  • * Describe factors that influence the development, assessment, and evaluation of creative potential in individuals.
  • * Apply techniques for stimulating creative thinking abilities in students, including brainstorming, attribute listing, metaphorical thinking, SCAMPER, and Creative Problem Solving.
  • * Discuss class activities, practices, and organizational strategies that support the development of creativity.
  • *Understand the Parallel Curriculum Model.

 

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