Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning: Preschool Through Fourth Grade eBook (7e) : 9780134458304

Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning: Preschool Through Fourth Grade eBook (7e)

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About the book

How to integrate creativity, play, and the arts into the early childhood curriculum while stimulating learning, meeting current accountability standards, incorporating technology, and differentiating instruction to adapt for the diverse learners in today’s classrooms.

With an emphasis on thinking creatively and being resourceful as keys to surviving and thriving in today’s society, this evidence-based book provides practical ways for teachers to promote creativity, play, art, music/movement/dance, and drama for all children. It contains many authentic activities and examples to support children’s learning in the arts and content areas. The book examines the teacher’s role from a philosophical, pedagogical, and curricular stance by addressing key components, including the classroom environment, materials and resources, child guidance, assessment, technology applications, and culturally responsive teaching.

Table of contents
  • Part 1: Foundations of Creative Thought   
  • Chapter 1: Understanding Children’s Creative Thought and Expression  
  • Chapter 2: Supporting Children’s Play, Games, and Creativity
  • Part 2: The Creative Arts
  • Chapter 3: Promoting Children's Art
  • Chapter 4: Engaging Children in Music, Movement, and Dance
  • Chapter 5: Exploring Drama
  • Part 3: Creative Teaching and Assessment
  • Chapter 6: Fostering Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning
  • Chapter 7: Assessing the Creative Processes and Products of Children
  • Chapter 8: Promoting Children's Creative Work in Diverse Families and Communities
  • Part 4: Environments that Support Creativity and the Arts
  • Chapter 9: Designing Creative Learning Environments
  • Chapter 10: Using Creative Materials and Resources Effectively

Features & benefits
  • Essential information is distilled and directed at all early childhood learners—preschool through fourth grade.
  • Research-based methods guide classroom teachers in promoting creativity, play, art, music, dance, and drama for all children. 
  • Support for the teacher’s role is addressed through discussions of the classroom environment, materials and resources, child guidance, assessment, and culturally responsive teaching.
  • Creative thought and play are presented as foundational to arts-based learning through a strong research base, evidence of how the arts and creative thought meet national standards, and practical, ready-to-implement content.
  • Concrete, useful examples and features make the chapters readable, motivating, and applied:
    • Snapshots of Classrooms present grade-level (preschool, K-1, 2-4, or variations) scenarios at the beginning of each chapter to serve as the basis for class discussion.
    • Each chapter has at least one snapshot that includes using technology.
    • Teachers’ Reflections share the voices of real teachers as they gain insight into the contributions of creative thinking and arts-based learning to their teaching effectiveness.
    • Frequently Asked Questions dispel misconceptions about creativity and the arts by supplying research-based responses.
    • Meeting Standards, a compilation of guidelines from various organisations and states, demonstrates how learning experiences in each of the creative arts and play align with national standards.
    • Content on assessing within the context of creativity and the arts, including assessment ideas incorporated into all of the chapters as appropriate, and in end-of-chapter activities, is included.
    • Differentiating Instruction and Making Adaptations for Diverse Learners offers practical ideas for including children with emotional and intellectual, visual, hearing, and orthopedic impairments in creative thinking and arts-based learning.
    • Integrating the Curriculum presents a teaching theme that is suitable for different age groups and includes creative suggestions for Communication (Literacy, Language Arts, and Technology), the Sciences (Mathematics/Science) and Social Studies (Social Studies, Health and Safety).
    • Supporting creative expression using technology. Two technology tie-in features discuss:           
      • How to integrate a single technology tool into creative arts learning experiences, and
      • There’s an App for That feature–provides app resources to enhance either teaching skills OR children's creativity. 

NEW! Key changes include outstanding aids to understanding and reinforcing the concepts:

  • NEW! Samples of Children’s Work and Photographs. In collaboration with Head Start and schools, the authors selected new photographs and work samples for the 7th Edition, giving the book a whole new, up-to-date look.
  • NEW! Cooking as a Creative Activity. A cooking and baking centre were added, with recipes to show how and what children learn through appropriate cooking experiences.
  • NEW! Nature. A new section shows nature as a critical learning tool in the outdoor creative environment.
Author biography

Joan Packer Isenberg is Professor Emerita of Education at George Mason University, where she also served as associate dean in the College of Education and Human Development from 2003-2011 and as the founding director of the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) program from 1999-2003. She is past president of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. She was the recipient of the 2006 recipient of the Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year Award from NAECTE/Allyn & Bacon and served as the first visiting scholar for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards from 2002-2003. For most of her academic career, she has studied and written about early childhood curriculum, play, and arts integration, particularly as they affect children’s learning and development. She has taught children from preschool through grade four in both public and private settings. Among her numerous authored or co-authored publications are Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning, 7th Edition 2018, Pearson); Exploring Your Role in Early Childhood Education 4th Edition (2012, Pearson); The Master’s Degree in Education as Teacher Professional Development (2012, Rowman & Littlefield), and Major Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education, 2nd Edition (2003, Teachers College Press).  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fairfax Futures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring young children’s school readiness in Fairfax County, VA.


Mary Renck Jalongo is Professor Emerita at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned the university-wide outstanding professor award and coordinated the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a series editor for Springer’s Educating the Young Childbook series and has served as editor-in-chief of the Early Childhood Education Journal since 1995. She has written, co-authored, or edited more than 30 books, including Early Childhood Language Arts, 6th Edition; Exploring Your Role in Early Childhood Education, 4th Edition; and Major Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education: Challenges, Controversies, and Insights, 2nd Edition.  Her 2016 Gryphon House book, Literacy Learning for All Young Learners was recognized as a finalist for the Revere Awards. In addition, she has published two books with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn,and Young Children and Picture Books, two for ACEI, and has earned five national awards for excellence in professional writing. As a public school classroom teacher, she taught first grade and second grade in low-income areas. As a preschool teacher, she worked with English Language Learners in a federally funded program and taught in a university-based, multi-age program for children ages 2 to 5 years.

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