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Are creative students a burden to teachers?

Should this monograph create a stir?

Creativity: Asset or Burden in the Classroom?Erik L. Westby [pictured here — he is now a teacher at the Russell Byers Charter School] and V.L. Dawson, Creativity Research Journal, 1995, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1-10. The authors, at Union College and Skidmore College, began with this pronouncement:

“One of the most consistent findings in educational studies of creativity has been that teachers dislike personality traits associated with creativity. Research has indicated that teachers prefer traits that seem to run counter to creativity, such as conformity and unquestioning acceptanee of authority.”

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