Synopses & Reviews
“Why should educators be concerned about creative thought and artistic expression at a time when tough talk about academic standards, teacher accountability, and international ranking on tests dominates the educational scene?”
Creative Thinking and Arts Based Learning, Fifth Edition , argues that the ability to think in innovative and productive ways is a survival skill in a world where we are inundated daily with information. The authors’ vision for this book is that it will equip practitioners in the fields of early childhood and elementary education to influence schools and communities to regard the creative processes and artistic products of children’s minds with a new appreciation and respect.
In order to achieve this goal, the authors have grounded their content with the very latest theory and research on creative thought and play. They have provided case studies in every chapter where real teachers describe how they have integrated play and the arts into their curriculum. They have included opportunities for self-reflection in their Teachers Reflection feature and their Your Reflections feature. They have offered a collection of self-expressive activities and suggestions for teachers to use that are grounded in child-centered practice. Yet, while encouraging the incorporation of play and the arts, they have also acknowledged the importance of meeting the benchmark standards at the local, state, and national levels through the Meeting the Standards feature in every chapter and the Chapter by Chapter Cross Referenced Appendix of National Standards.
New To This Edition:
NEW! Provides research, tips, and specific suggestions for diverse learners--In the section on Curriculum Accommodations for Diverse Learners (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8).
NEW! Shows how to integrate play and each of the art forms across the curriculum in the easy to read charts throughout the book—Charts are done by content area.
NEW! Connects the text to MyEducationLab—Features video clips and artifacts that illustrate the key points.
NEW! Includes a Chapter-by-Chapter Cross-Referenced Appendix of National Standards—Shows how and where the content of each chapter meets national standards in the arts, the content areas, and in early childhood teacher education.
Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning: Preschool through Fourth Grade, Fifth Edition
Joan Packer Isenberg, George Mason University
Mary Renck Jalongo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Shows future teachers how to integrate children’s creativity, play, and the arts into their curriculum!
Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning teaches pre-service and in-service educatorsthe theory and research behind children’s play and creative thinking, why children's play and creative thinking are so important, and also how to provide these experiences within the curriculum. It contains extensive coverage of the roles, responsibilities, and strategies that lead to a more child-centered, play-based curriculum.
Takes an Applied Approach
Takes a Theoretical Approach
- Presents instructional guidelines and classroom strategies throughout the text for integrating creative thinking and play into learning.
- Features real case studies about preschoolers, K-2nd graders, and 3rd-4th graders at the beginning of each chapter in the Classroom Perspectives feature to show readers how real teachers infuse the arts into the classroom.
- Discusses how to provide for creativity while also meeting state and national standards in each chapter and in the Chapter by Chapter Cross Referenced Appendix of National Standards.
- Poses common questions about issues, such as what materials and resources to use, how to adapt environments for diverse learners, and how to foster and assess creative thought in the Frequently Asked Questions feature in every chapter. Misconceptions are dispelled with research-based answers.
- Contains a Theoretical and Research Base feature in every chapter to give students a solid foundation for the chapter content. The authors' experience as university professors and practitioners is evident in their clear presentation of relevant theory.
Takes a Reflective Approach
- Shows readers what other pre-service and in-service teachers are thinking and doing in their classrooms relative to their experiences with the arts in the Teacher's Reflections feature in each chapter.
The fifth edition of this widely accepted, versatile book shows future and current early childhood educators how to integrate children's creativity, play, and the arts into their curriculum in a way that fosters learning and growth and meets accountability measures.
· NEW Curriculum Accommodations for Diverse Learners (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)–Sections provide specific research-based suggestions for working with diverse learners.
· NEW Play and Arts Integration Charts–Provide suggestions for integrating play and each of the art forms across the curriculum by content area.
· NEW MyEducationLab Videos and Artifacts Integrated in Book– Accompanied by assignable questions, online video clips and classroom artifacts from this powerful resource illustrate key points in the text. Go to www.myeducationlab.com.
· NEW National Standards Correlations–This appendix reference tool is cross-referenced by chapter, showing how and where the content meets national standards in the arts, the content areas, and in early childhood teacher education.
· Classroom Scenarios–Separated by grade level, these brief vignettes open each chapter, offering students a view into real classroom situations.
· Frequently Asked Questions and Research-Based Answers–Each chapter contains 3 to 5 FAQs with answers, allowing students to use these responses to build a repertoire of authoritative responses to questions that noneducators and other educators often ask.
· Teacher Reflections and Scenarios on Chapter Content–These authentic examples and candid remarks, followed by questions to stimulate thinking, give readers a sense of real teaching issues and provide a common base for discussion.
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About the Author
Mary Renck Jalongo, Ph.D.
Mary Renck Jalongo is a teacher, writer and editor. As a classroom teacher, she taught preschool, first grade and second grade, worked with children and families of migrant farm workers, and taught in the laboratory preschool at the University of Toledo. Currently she is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned the university-wide outstanding professor award and coordinates both the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction and an initial teacher certification program at the graduate level.
As a writer, Dr. Jalongo has co-authored and edited more than 25 books, many of them textbooks in the field of early childhood education. These books include Early Childhood Language Arts (4th ed. Allyn & Bacon) and Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning (4th ed. Merrill/Prentice Hall), Exploring Your Role: An Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3rd ed., Merrill/Prentice Hall) and Major Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education: Challenges, Controversies, and Insights (2nd ed. Teachers College Press). She is also the author for various articles on early childhood education in the World Book Encyclopedia and has written two award-winning Association for Childhood Education International Position Papers.
Her most recent publications include two National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) books, Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn and Young Children and Picture Books as well as a Teachers College Press book, Planning for Learning: Collaborative Approaches to Lesson Design and Review and an edited book for ACEI, The World’s Children and Their Companion Animals: Developmental and Educational Significance of the Child/Pet Bond. Mary has earned seven national awards for excellence in scholarly writing.
Mary is editor-in-chief of the Springer international publication, Early Childhood Education Journal and co-edits their new book series, Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Foundations of Creative Thought
Chapter 1 Understanding Children’s Creative Thought and Expression
Chapter 2 Supporting Children’s Play, Games, and Inventions
Chapter 3 Fostering Creative Thought and Expression
Part 2 The Creative Arts
Chapter 4 Promoting Children’s Art
Chapter 5 Engaging Children in Music, Movement, and Dance
Chapter 6 Inviting Children’s Participation in the Dramatic Arts
Part 3 Creative Teaching and Assessment
Chapter 7 Designing Environments to Support Creativity and the Arts
Chapter 8 Using Creative Materials and Resources Effectively
Chapter 9 Assessing the Creative Processes and Products of Children
Chapter 10 Children's Creative Work in Diverse Families and Communities
Appendix A Cross-Referenced Standards Guide
Appendix B Published Rating Scales to Evaluate Preschool Settings
Appendix C Noncompetitive Games for Children
Appendix D Case Study: Dittos and Elegant Costumes
Appendix E: Resources for Creative Materials