Creativity

Concurrent

Ways to Enhance Creative Behavior through Social Studies

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 213 BC

Creativity is a commodity that is highly valued and needed in our world today. Sadly, research using creativity tests has shown that creative expression decreases as students progress through a traditional school curriculum. Gifted students need opportunity to make unique contributions to knowledge that are creative, intuitive, unusual, and progressive. In this session, participants experience examples of ways that creative behaviors can be enhanced and engaged, using social studies concepts. Participants have the opportunity to apply those behaviors to their teaching practice and hopefully to reverse the trend of decreasing creativity in students.

Barbara A. Swicord

CEO
NSGT

Barbara Swicord, Ed.D. is the President and CEO of the Summer Institute for the Gifted and the Executive Director of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented. Her 40 years in gifted education have taken her from working as an itinerant teacher for the gifted in Georgia, to Utah where she worked as a teacher of the gifted, Teacher Coordinator, and Curriculum Designer for Salt Lake City School District’s G/T Program and to New Jersey, where she spent ten years as the Supervisor of Gifted Programs in the East Orange School District and finally to Connecticut in 200 to eventually oversee SIG and NSGT. She was the founding President of NJAGC and was awarded the NJAGC Hall of Fame Award in 2000. As related to this conference she was a scorer for the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking when a graduate student of Dr. E. Paul Torrance at the University of GA.

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