The Importance Of Creativity In Education

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Introduction:
“Creativity is now seen as a crucial element in education” according to (Duffy, 2006). Creativity is important for mental health from an early age and is a way of demonstrating quality education and care in a setting. Practitioners are encouraged to promote children to be creative and imaginative in their centres in order to foster a love of learning.
“Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables the children in early years to make connections between one are of learning and another and to extend their understanding” (QCa 2000b:116). Providing a rich and varied contexts for children to acquire develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. The curriculum should enable pupils to think creatively and critically to solve problems and to make a difference for the better.

It should allow the children the opportunity to become creative, innovative, enterprising and capable of leadership to equip them for their future lives as workers and citizens. It should enable children to respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities to make changes and to cope with change and adversity (QCA 1999:11-12).

Frobel in the 19th century associated creativity and imagination with the inner life of the child. “We become
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The short scenarios undertaken in the role play area sometimes complete with actions, clothing and language represent both shared knowledge an individual experience. Bruner (1986:109) states. Children engage in drama to develop their ability to understand, they need opportunities to practise what it is like to be an adult, telling stories of their lives. These activities help them to keep in touch with their cultural heritage. Through their “pretend” stories they are making sense of their
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