A study on the advantages, difficulties, functions, and strategies of creative education in elementary schools of Taiwan

Author/s:

Lin, Pi-Fang*
NTNU Extension School of Continuing Education, Taiwan, ROC (bella910@ms95.url.com.tw)

Abstract:

21st century is a global knowledge based economy, the key in order to fully embrace this changing world is to develop one’s innovation and creative ability. Currently, Taiwan’s Creative Education policies had already been in place for quite some time, therefore, the main purpose of the study is to investigate the different factors like advantages, difficulties, functions and strategies that affect the development of Creative Education in the elementary students of Taiwan. The study uses a survey questionnaire method in collecting data. The participants are members of the elementary school community, which includes principals, supervisors, class advisers, subject teachers, and non-teaching staffs. The number of valid questionnaires is 213 teachers. Advantages includes: openness of school to change, support of school administrators, hardware and software availability, resource availability, and support of parents. Difficulties includes: teachers’ pressure in keeping up with the advancement of lessons, not enough time to go into creative education, lack of facilities and funding in promoting creative education, and parent’s old concept of education. Functions includes: enhance the students’ imaginative and creative thinking, motivate students’ interest in learning, and improve teachers’ creative education skills. Strategies includes: campus wide competition, encourage cooperation in teachers while joining research discussions, sharing experiences and job trainings to further improve their professional skills.

Keywords: creativity; elementary schools; survey; quantitative study; Taiwan

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2013.429

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