Relationships among Physical Environment of Childcare Centers, Teachers' Creative Teaching Approaches, and Young Children's Creativity Level

보육시설의 물리적 환경 및 교사의 창의적 역할수행과 유아 창의성간의 관계

  • 김수진 (경희대학교대학원 아동학전공) ;
  • 조복희 (경희대학교 아동가족전공)
  • Received : 2005.12.11
  • Accepted : 2005.12.23
  • Published : 2005.12.31

Abstract

This study examined the interactive effects of physical environment of childcare centers and teachers' creative teaching approaches on the level of young children's creativity. To do so, the study conducted an assessment called TCAM(Thinking Creativity in Action and Movement) that was developed by Torrance to 182 young children. Also, it utilized questionnaires to ask 28 teachers concerning physical environment of childcare centers and their creative teaching approaches level. The findings of this study were: First, the gender of young children didn't affect the level of young children's creativity but the age of young children positively affected the level of their imagination that is the subordinate area of creativity. Second, the high level of physical environment of childcare centers positively affected the level of young children's creativity. Third, teachers' actively creative teaching approaches positively affected the level of young children's creativity. Forth, both physical environment of childcare centers and teachers' creative teaching approaches interactively and positively influenced the level of young children's creativity. Fifth, both physical environment of childcare centers and teachers' creative teaching approaches positively affected the level of young children's creativity. The result of this study implies that the level of young children's creativity increases when childcare centers demonstrate high quality of physical environment and teachers deliver creative teaching approaches actively.