The Importance of Culture in the Creative Process
Much of the past and current literature on creativity emphasises the cultural context of creativity and of the 'self' in the creative process. Recently there has been a developing interest by educators on how the specific Eastern and Western cultures influence the educative process and outcomes. It is generally accepted that there are very significant differences between these perspectives, particularly on the 'self' in the educative process. Too often these different perspectives are compared directly with confusing and unfair outcomes.
The proposed paper presents the findings of a small-scale research project carried out in 2004 in selected Singaporean early childhood centres with Singaporean Chinese, Malaysian and Indian teachers. Specifically, the research concentrated on how the young child's 'self' is valued and enhanced and whether or not the practices that foster creativeness in children are 'comfortable' in the educational environment and whether or not the cultural background of the teachers continue to influence directly their teaching methods in relation to the child's self in the creative process.
Fred Ebbeck (Australia)
School of Education
University of South Australia
Fred Ebbeck works in the UniSA lecturing in Child Dev, Research Methods and Curriculum development
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)