Creativity, digitality, and teacher professional development: Unifying theory, research, and practice

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This article describes the development of a Trans-Disciplinary framework for creative teaching using technology. In recent years, the authors of this paper (and collaborators) have sought to better understand the role of creativity in educational technology. Our approach seeks to inform theory, research, and practice. In this piece we step back to provide a big-picture view of the process of developing a theoretical framework for creative, transformational teaching with digital technology. We describe the development of our ideas over time, through research projects focused on highly creative teachers and their practices. We describe how we have applied these ideas in teacher education courses devoted to creativity and technology, and developed rubrics for evaluating creative products. At a meta-level we aim to provide a rich example of the reciprocal nature of theory, research, and practice in educational technology. Through this we hope to provide one example of how such a theory/research/practice development process works, with the goal of informing future work of this type.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Teacher Education in the Digital Age
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781466684041
ISBN (Print)1466684038, 9781466684034
StatePublished - Aug 3 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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