среда, 11 февраля 2015 г.

Is Children's Creativity under Threat?

Modern world varies very rapidly. A lot of adults understand that to cope with the fast development of technologies and with the huge stream of information is a difficult task. However, children do not only cope with all new very well, they constantly imagine and create in the 'new' space and time.
For example, children compose long and interesting stories, in which they include technics, heroes of cartoon films, animals:
«It is the machine which can ride on the water and fly in the air, this machine is 100 years old... I am in the other country at this moment: lions and even hyenas allow me to stroke them. I also have met the lion Simba there";
"... A nestling has fallen from the jack, the girl has helped the nestling, the nestling was delighted and said: «Thank you!»
Even the grandmother who tried to make the juice by the juice-extractor can attract the attention of the child. Owing to the interpretation of the received experiences by the child, the figure of the grandmother became very small in the comparison of the given subject of technics (look at the picture).
                  Boy, 5 years old:
"...my Grandmother and juice-extractor"

Girl, 6 years old: "...My sister threw pebble in to the water".
As you can see in the pictures, the children are ready to draw very difficult objects and include in them a part of the children's world: the represented people can throw pebble into the water, they can be the prince and princess, they can shoot of the gun of the Peter and Paul fortress, they can play the piano under the accompaniment of the bird, they can wait for the helicopter on the playground.
Except it, the «confidential places» (or children's places) where the children equip small imagined worlds, demand not only spatial thinking but also the ingenuity (how to bring something, where to put something).
Girl, 5 years old: "There are prince and princess..."
Thus, to execute tasks of the research, to draw, to think out histories, to construct the place, the creative potential which ALL children have is necessary.
But what does threat to the children's creativity? This question is widely discussed in the discussions, blogs, articles by the scientists, teachers and parents. Certainly, the modern children have not enough imaginative play, the children behave as small adults, who know what to do, where to go. But it does not mean, that they do not have imagination.
Girl, 5 years old: "The person is playing the piano, the bird is echoing".
Maybe, adults influence the aspiration to the creativity of the child? From the better promptings, the adults can comment the picture, the story or a handmade article of child incorrectly, they can correct something in the picture because of their aspiration to the correctness and accuracy. And it can be "clumsy assistance".
I often notice, than the older the audience (students, parents), with which it is necessary to draw or to create something, is, - the more resistance and fear of the estimation of products of creativity are. Whether it was already incorporated in the childhood?
Boy, 6 years old: "My friend and I are playing basketball...
My friend is in helicopter".

Boy, 6 years old: "
The man is shooting of the gun of the Peter and Paul Fortress".

It's so important to define what we understand under the creativity: an ability to self express or to create as the most famous scientists and representatives of arts? However, it is necessary to remember, that the last became well-known because they have not lost their "views of the child" on the world and could cope with all difficulties.
So, all children are creative. The frameworks which are put by the society, problems with which the children collide: the reduction of play time; social dangers and fears, etc., - are the direct threats to the further development of creativity.

If you are interested in this topic, you can check my answers on the Website Quibly.
1.      Maria Sibireva “What drawing with 300 young kids has taught me”
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2 комментария:

  1. Здравствуйте, Мария! Спасибо, что пишете о таких важных вещах. Согласна с Вами, что часто это родом из детства, мы ждем оценку, хорошую оценку своего творчества и возводим преграду самовыражению. Поэтому в рисовании песком пытаюсь привить детям обратное. Рассматривая работы других, находить в них что-то, что нравится и говорить об этом. Наше творчество позволяет нацеливаться не на результат, а на сам процесс.

  2. Елена Валерьевна, здравствуйте!
    Большое спасибо за Ваш комментарий и особенно за Ваш труд, который так важен и нужен!
    Я знаю, что дети преображаются, когда они заняты творчеством, когда их в этом поддерживают. Это помогает им дальше реализовываться в школе. Возможность выразить себя, креативность, творческий подход нужны и в освоении предметов, и в приобретении новых знаний, и в понимании всего нового.
    Рада видеть Вас постоянным читателем блога! Присоединяйтесь к "Галерее воображаемых игр!" С уважением, Мария.


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