Developing creativity through outdoor physical activities: a qualitative exploration of contrasting school equipment provisions: The CREATE study

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Abstract

Creativity is described as an important cognitive process by which ideas
are generated, developed and transformed. Despite the importance of
creativity for students’ intellectual development, the types of outdoor
physical activities students engage in within primary schools according
to creativity criteria has yet to be explored. The purpose of the Creative
Recess Engagement during Activities Time Exploratory (CREATE) study
was to qualitatively capture how physical activities developed by students
(n = 279) meet creativity criteria in two primary schools with
differing playground equipment provisions. Using a momentary time
sampling qualitative field note observation procedure, a combined
total of 730 scans of the school grounds were undertaken with written
accounts and analysed according to creativity criteria. The CREATE study
provides exploratory insights into how the development of primary
school students’ creativity can be supported or hindered, by the type
of equipment provisions made available for students' physical activities
within school grounds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-256
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

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