Explanation and Exploration Play Important Role in Children’s Creativity & Problem Solving - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Explanation and Exploration Play Important Role in Children’s Creativity & Problem Solving

Center for Childhood Creativity outlines key research findings on helping kids develop creative problem solving skills

 

Sausalito, CA – The Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), the research division of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, launched its second edition of the Creativity Trend Report, a report that shares recent and innovative research with practical applications for designing experiences and products promoting learning and creative problem solving for children.

The Creativity Trend Report is designed for children’s product and media designers, education leaders, and curriculum developers. The report features three research topics: children’s ability to interpret information as real or pretend on TV programming; the role adults play in children’s learning in museum settings; and the ways in which explanation and exploration influence children’s understanding of cause and effect.

In addition, there is a special section written by Sandra W. Russ, Ph.D., a leading scholar on creativity, where she shares her seminal research and insights on the relationship between emotion, pretend play, and the development of creativity.

“We hope that our new Creativity Trend Report helps children’s product and media designers, education leaders, and curriculum developers link research and practice, leading to experiences and products that spark children’s curiosity and nurture their creative spirit,” says Helen Hadani, Ph.D., Head of Research at the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Click here to read the full Creativity Trend Report.

Interview Availability:

Helen Hadani, Ph.D., editor of the Creativity Trend Report and Head of Research at the Center for Childhood Creativity, is available for media interviews on the topics of creativity development, developmental psychology, cognitive science, science of play, early STEM learning, school readiness research, play and toys, and parent and child interactions.

The Creativity Trend Report is made possible thanks to generous charitable support from The Walt Disney Company.


About the Center for Childhood Creativity

The Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) is the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s research division established in 2011 to bridge the gap between academic research in the fields of neuroscience, education, psychology, and creativity studies with the practitioners charged with raising a generation of future innovators. The CCC works at a national scale to advance our understanding of creativity development and advocate for its critical importance. Learn more at CenterforChildhoodCreativity.org.

 

About the Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a children’s museum in Sausalito that applies the latest research to develop early learning experiences that inspire and build creative problem solving skills in children, transforming the way they learn and the way they contribute to the world. As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the museum provides STEM-focused, inquiry-driven experiences that develop creativity and conceptual thinking, critical components of problem solving. BayAreaDiscoveryMuseum.org

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About the Contributor
Jennifer Moncayo-Hida is a Senior Communications Manager at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.