Episode 34 Talking Teaching Creativity in the Common Core Classroom with Dr. Ron Beghetto

April 20, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. Ron Beghetto. He is an associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut in the Neag School of Education. Dr. Beghetto is an international expert on creativity in educational settings. The focus of the interview is on creativity–specifically creativity in the common core classroom, which is a focus of a recent book he co-authored titled: Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom (http://goo.gl/IFQ4qi).

The interview begins with Dr. Beghetto discussing the impetus behind the writing of his new book. This discussed led to Dr. Beghetto describing common misconceptions that individuals have about creativity. He provided several examples about how to think about creativity in the classroom–along with how creativity fits with the common core. Dr. Beghetto describes a model of creativity that he and a colleague (Dr. James Kaufman) developed called the 4 C Model of Creativity. He describes how this model is a framework for thinking about creativity. Dr. Beghetto ends with advice that he has for teachers about integrating creativity into the common core.

To read more about Dr. Beghetto’s work visit his site at http://www.ronaldbeghetto.com/

Episode 21: Talking Creativity with Dr. Jonathan Plucker

Episode 21: April 1, 2014


In this episode, I interview Dr. Jonathan Plucker who is a professor in the Departments of Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Plucker is a international expert on creativity. He discusses a wide-range of ideas about creativity–what it is, how it can be fostered, and how technology factors into creativity. Dr. Plucker provides excellent insights and advice for instructors at all levels about how to help students reach their creative potential.

One of the key ideas that Dr. Plucker discusses is constraints. He described how putting constraints on ourselves (and on our students) can affect the creative process. Dr. Plucker ends the interview with advice for helping foster creativity.

Dr. Plucker discussed his work with the Partnership for the 21st Century Skills. This is an excellent resource to explore for those interested in how educational technology and higher order thinking skills combine to bring about positive changes to teaching and learning.

You can find out more about Dr. Plucker by visiting his Web site at http://jplucker.com/ . You can also visit Amazon at http://amzn.to/Pramrn to view books he has written. One of Dr. Plucker’s books I have particularly enjoyed is Essentials of Creativity Assessment.