Friday, March 28, 2014

Lowenfeld: Every Human Being is Endowed With A Creative Spirit

2nd grader experiments with shapes and composition utilizing tempera paint.
4th grade boy builds a cardboard airplane model.
2nd grader investigates a small object utilizing a microscope.
6th grader shows off her cow sculpture.
How do we support that creative spirit? Viktor Lowenfeld had observed years before Howard Gardner's work on multiple intelligences, that we are born with innate capacities and in varying degrees. Choice based art rooms support children's innate creative intelligences.  Optimizing learning experience within heterogeneous communities becomes a matter of stimulating learning through the creative spirit. It also means awareness and basic understanding of emergent curriculum, cognitive development, constructivist learning experience and designing specialized learning environments to facilitate self-determined, self directed learning experience.

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