Friday, April 17
2:25-2:45 PM

Fostering Creativity through Inquiry and Adventure in Informal Learning Environment Design

Brief Paper ID: 45667
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    Aaron Doering
    University of Minnesota
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    Jeni Henrickson
    University of Minnesota

Abstract: Self-directed, inquiry-based learning opportunities focused on real-world problem solving have been shown to foster creativity in learners. This study examines an online informal learning environment and the role the learning environment design and teacher pedagogy and practice played in influencing creativity in the classroom. Data were gathered via interviews, direct observation, and focus groups as 95 high school students guided by 1 teacher worked in small groups to collaboratively design and present geography research using the WeExplore adventure learning environment. Findings indicate that teacher and student creativity were impacted by the unique learning environment design, the opportunity to define self-identified driving questions, the process of collaborative group work, and the opportunity to combine more traditional research approaches with more creative arts-influenced ones.

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