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Fostering Creativity, Individualism, and the Imaginative Spirit: Are Collaborative Thinking and Cooperative Learning Overemphasized in Education Today?

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Are creativity and imaginative thinking impeded by the emphasis that many American schools place on cooperative learning and collaborative thinking today? This paper explores past and present philosophies concerning individualism and creativity as they relate to education in the USA. A person's ability to individuate is based on the premise that freedom of personal choice and opportunity are essential to the development of self-reason, self-interests, and self-esteem. Curriculum and instructional programming that emphasize cooperative group learning and collaboration at the expense of individual ideation may undermine and erode individualism and the imaginative spirit. Might this also suggest that a de-emphasis on individual creation, imagination, and production weakens intrinsic motivation and problem-solving and decision-making, and impedes personal freedom to be creative?

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Author:Hillmann, Paula J.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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