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Creativity Skills Applied to Earth Science Education: Examples from K-12 Teachers in a Graduate Creativity Class
NOTE: This is a large file, 10.7 mb in size! This article briefly explores different aspects of creativity, and then examines K-12 teachers' reactions to exercises applied to earth science concepts in a graduate creativity class. Different types of puzzle activities centering on geoscience content include a quiz game based on Odyssey of the Mind spontaneous problems, and other exercises related to embedded words, transformed cliches, remotely associated word sets, and wordsmithing. Teachers used visualization for an imaginary interview with a geoscientist, along with personal analogy of an earth science feature. As a culminating activity, teachers fashioned a geoscience curriculum material with a given set of items. Ideas for applying the activities to geoscience classes at various grade levels are included.
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-158
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Journal of Geoscience Education

Author: Audrey C. Rule
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
State University of New York at Oswego