Evoking Teacher Creativity While Using Social Media
Valūnaitė Oleškevičienė, Giedrė
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Recently a question whether good teaching is creative teaching has been widely discussed however little attention has been paid to creative teachers themselves who face a challenge to teach with, through or for the creativity. The article stresses the importance of creativity in higher education and explores the expression of teacher creativity while using social media in university studies. The research is based on Hans-Georg Gadamer’s philosophical approach as well as the interpretation of creativity concept by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The paper presents an overview of teacher “lived experience” that reveals the elements influencing their creativity; it addresses the key points for better understanding of the relation of the most influential elements provoking teacher creativity. Having identified the factors influencing the expression of teacher creativity while using social media, the conclusion is drawn that teacher creativity is sustained by inner creative personality characteristics, external institutional and social environment influence including active idea exchange and implementation. Applying social media in university studies, mastering it themselves and using it for teaching, teachers get involved in the continuous university study processes, the success of which is sustained by the traits of creative personalities and the environment supportive to creativity.
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