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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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OLIVEIRA, Zélia Maria Freire de  and  ALENCAR, Eunice Maria Lima Soriano de. Creativity in the Linguistics course and the professor's formation and performance. Psicol. esc. educ. [online]. 2007, vol.11, n.2, pp. 223-237. ISSN 1413-8557.

This study investigated how creativity has been worked upon in the Linguistics Course. Twenty professors from two private and one public higher education institutions in a city from the central west of Brazil were interviewed. Content analysis was employed to analyze the answers given by the professors' enterviews. The results indicated that the professors recognized the importance of creativity in the current world; they believed in their student's creative potential; they had difficulty in defining creativity and they used various pedagogical procedures they believed to foster creativity, even though they did not do it intentionally. The professors did not perceive the need for a specific course on creativity and they saw it more as a pedagogical procedure. Furthermore, they had not had any formal instruction on creativity either on their undergraduate program or in follow up courses. They remembered few creative professors and pointed out several obstacles to the implementation of creativity in the classroom.

Keywords : Creativity; College teachers; Measurement.

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